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Detail of “A Violent Bunch”
By Hannalie Taute
Cotton and rubber embroidery
65 x 65 cm

R25 875.00

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Taute’s work is in a constant state of evolution, which in itself mirrors many of the ideas behind her art. Her process is methodical and laborious. The work depicts moments in time – capturing instances in which a non-traditional medium (in this case rubber) undergo a violent process of change. She juxtapose delicate cotton thread with industrial discarded inner tubes by embroidering items that can decay, such as flowers and flesh, with moments of violent disruption. The resulting organized chaos resembles our daily lives and external influences. One central theme or unifying characteristic is the repeated exploration of identity and/or relationships within her “paracosmic fantasy”.

She explores this concept by means in which people often have many and sometimes conflicting, identities to which they answer to. “Art is some sort of interesting area where dysfunction is allowed.”* This is perhaps most striking in the more recent work, ranging from figurative, and hybrid toy-like creatures to a variety of portraits as well as larger floral arrangements embroidered on rubber.

Characteristic of her work is the use of recycled inner tubes with embroidered thread with which she is continuing to create a “paracosm” as a way of orienting herself in reality. The coarseness of the rubber is counteracted by the delicacy of the thread, but this is subverted, as often the stitching and composition of the rubber inner tubes are delicate and the thread seems almost rough in its arrangement. Taute wants the medium of the piece to interact with the subject manner in a way that forces the viewer to deeply engage and question with the art-works, and she aims to create a moment of respite from the chaos while simultaneously depicting it.