In theatre, a monodramatic is a piece for only one performer. In the hands of Japanese photographer Daisuke Takakura, it means cloning one figure into a riveting medley of personalities, actions and perspectives.
Thanks to http://destructivetesting.wordpress.com for posting- had to share!
I really admire people who can transform “junk” into unique forms of creative expression. Saving the planet and inspiring it, excellent choice!
Nicky is the queen of abstract art in Nam. Her paintings vibrate, shimmer, puzzle and evolve. I haven’t always found them easy to talk to, as they are very different to what usually rings my bell, yet when I take the time to look, breathe, receive; they tend to open up and flower most engagingly.
Nicky gives me hope when I despair at my anorexic creative life. ” When the kids left the house I took up where I left off and I’m having a blast!!” I sigh and she gives me a huge, cheering wink…
She’s a whirlwind of busyness, actively managing the local art college as HOD, supporting art associations, promoting young artists, opening exhibitions, as well as fiddling- in her words- with her masters degree. Where most people complain or resign themselves to insufferable circumstances, -and believe me Namibian circumstances could erode the most positive attitude-Nicky finds a way to make things happen. Her witty and wise humour never fails to uplift and inspire. In short, she’s everything an artist could possibly be!
“Local is lekker” is Namibian and South African slang for local is great, nice, tasty !:)
All artworks copyright Nicky Marais
The other side is not quite reached yet, but I have managed a considerable shift in mindset: Showing up and doing the work is the piece of advice most given when it comes to success/improvement/advancement in almost any activity, yet it is the hardest to do. In my case, as soon as I made the decision to commit, adding public witnesses- great gratitude goes to the NaNoWriMo community who started my ball rolling-, this elusive attitude took root in my commitment-phobic, neurotic brain and silenced all that psycho babble which kept me immobilized and procrastinating in the past. Don’t ask me to analyze how and why this happened, I’m still somewhat afraid to jinx the ease and carefree swagger with which I show up every day to do the work…inspiration not a necessary ingredient, letting go very much so.
The output you see here might not seem like a big deal, quantity or quality wise, but believe me my spirit is a party of luminous, exploding fireworks right now. After years of analysis paralysis it feels like a spell has been lifted and all I can think of is that I was finally sick of struggling!
My development as an artist features several influential artists, the most instrumental among them my painting lecturer Johann Louw. During the two years that he guided my student efforts, I learnt how to handle criticism, believe in my style, and to know what great painting looks like by his example. Plus he was funny, in a dada kind of way as we often didn’t get his humour…only now do I fully appreciate his quirky and irreverent character!
He has since achieved international success, with a string of solo shows at leading South African Galleries, as well as shows in New York, Germany, and Australia. His paintings are powerful and layered statements , impacting on many psychological and emotional levels. I find them hypnotic, disturbing, mind-altering- a great muse!!
All images copyright Johann Louw
Against all odds- conferences, functions, exams, deadlines- I have produced something each day. Mostly small doodles and randoms, which I’m totally unused to showing anyone, but I said I’d post so there ya have it.
Compared to my output rate for the past 24 months, this is prolific indeed…what I usually do is to spew out a body of pretty much spontaneous work in a short intense frenzy, uncomfortably squeezed in between many months of complete flat lining.
I’m enjoying this discipline, unexpectedly, my brain is happily buzzing with ideas while my pen wanders on the paper.