Monthly Archives: December 2013

Some of these bags were sold just recently at Mermaid Gallery in New Plymouth, Taranaki, thank you! They made great Christmas gifts! Working on creating some new ones with a new look, new colours, and hopefully ready within the next few weeks!

Beautiful accessories to complete your individual look, hand made with love ♡

Finally the moment of presenting my film which I named “Celebrating Noeline” to Noeline herself! I loved watching her watch herself, seeing her having so much fun and dubbing her film “hilarious!!!” especially after the entire production was of quite a personal nature and I had been a little worried some of the content may have struck a sad emotional chord. I chose to wait until Christmas Eve to give Noeline her film, as this is a very special time for her. In any case, she couldn’t get enough of it which was great! We talked about putting it up for public viewing which was fine with her, but after consideration, I have decided to wait until such time that I have more film of a similar nature and then put it out as a series, so yes I guess I could still say: Watch this space!

Credit: The above photograph was taken by my mother Nel van Amsterdam as Noeline and I were watching her short film on Christmas Eve, 2013.

As I wrote the update of my “Context” page, I mentioned my brother Louis, and would like to elaborate a little on this, wanting to share with you what he wrote for the publication for, and his contribution to, the exhibition at the Fort aan de Drecht in Amsterdam in 1986:

‘I don’t want a purely rational concept for a piece of art

I am looking for an archetypical rendition of a deep inner feeling.

It can be expressed in a place where the event or the image belongs and in which the myth of our existence and history is kept.

An obelisk is a materialization of that which indicates the higher; ‘the higher’ however is not to be captured in ‘spatial objects’. Spatial objects are subject to the limitation of space and furthermore the limitless is difficult to express in matter.

I burn the symbol (the obelisk), release it from its spatial limitation, the smoke rises.

In this given the elements are absorbed as birth and death, come into being and decay, and besides it is also very beautiful to watch someone breathe fire.

Only the ashes and the myth of the obelisk remain.’

~ Louis van Amsterdam (1986)

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