Friday, February 26, 2010

What a difference a year makes!

Sue Pam-Grant along with her husband Dj, both moved us, and made us cry with laughter at their iconic play Curl up and Dye in the early 1990's, a time of change and challenge for South Africa.

Dj carved a pair of swans for Sue, on the romantic head-board of their marriage bed. It acts as symbol for the never-ending love that may bind a man and woman across time.

With her latest installation, Practise 365/To be exchanged, Sue explores another notion of time with a daily ritual of art making, using mixed media on a paper bag as stage and canvas of a sort. Sue explains that her mark making, in an assemblage of memory and the imagined, 'traces our narrative back as it navigates and challenges our physical time line, and unconscious lineage.'

Ever the stage director, Sue's installation included an invitation to the public to navigate the space, eventually removing 'their' mark from the body of work. In this exchange the journey from the personal to the collective, is itself marked and respected.

365 days...I am inspired by that careful deliberation. Mr Nielson better known as Sid, says that I show that sort of commitment, only to the sweet jar on my kitchen counter. We may run out of bread and milk, I might throw in the towel on a degree or artwork, but by jove that sweet jar is not to be defeated!

Is there something you need to give a whole year to?

A daily honouring.

No excuses. Regardless.

Let Sue's glorious practise inspire you:Starting:



  1. Out of the blue, I decided to check out your blog again. It has such a peaceful gentleness to it. I think I'm supposed to consider your "commitment challenge." Mmmmmm.

  2. The creativity and originality expressed are amazing. I am awed by the presentation and how the ideas flowed on, of all things, paper bags. Bravo! Beautiful work. And thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a generous comment. Our godson's wife just returned from SA and loved her trip. Glorious country!