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Need to know: this original artwork requires framing or stretching.

When any type of change crosses our path we tend to revert to mementos and nostalgia that comfort this new phase in life. We revisit times when we were at an age of happiness and position ourselves there.
Upon reflecting upon these times I found myself looking at old university photographs from my grandmother’s photo album, I re-imagined some of these photographs to situate my current position and internal feelings. Of course the contextual intention changed and the narrative was re-appropriated.

Paging attentively through the album, three images struck me immediately. Unintentional yet fortunate, the three images chosen represents three of the four seasons namely spring, summer and winter.

The following is their alternate conveyances. The Greeks depicted the seasons as women. Loosely following this principle, Spring is represented by a woman in full bloom with a flower crown. Summer is represented by a woman acting as the sun. The sun is heaven’s eyes. It is the personification of truth because all is revealed by its light. Winter is depicted as the death of a queen.

A clear parallel can be drawn to the duality of life and death. In “The Queen’s wish” it is apparent that the cloaked figures carrying her in her beehive, represent the final judgment and finality. This is indicative not only by the number nine’s symbolic value but also from pitch black thickly clad cloaks that act as a veil for cutting people off from the world. Contrastingly in “Silent Spring”, the idea of rebirth is played upon, as Spring is the season celebrated for new life.

The Sun Princess

Mixed media Drawing by Minien Hattingh
Materials used
mixed media of ink, tea and graphite on treated canvas fabric
Size
W:30cm x H:42cm x D:0.1cm (unframed)
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  • Artist Description
    • Artist Description

      Need to know: this original artwork requires framing or stretching.

      When any type of change crosses our path we tend to revert to mementos and nostalgia that comfort this new phase in life. We revisit times when we were at an age of happiness and position ourselves there.
      Upon reflecting upon these times I found myself looking at old university photographs from my grandmother’s photo album, I re-imagined some of these photographs to situate my current position and internal feelings. Of course the contextual intention changed and the narrative was re-appropriated.

      Paging attentively through the album, three images struck me immediately. Unintentional yet fortunate, the three images chosen represents three of the four seasons namely spring, summer and winter.

      The following is their alternate conveyances. The Greeks depicted the seasons as women. Loosely following this principle, Spring is represented by a woman in full bloom with a flower crown. Summer is represented by a woman acting as the sun. The sun is heaven’s eyes. It is the personification of truth because all is revealed by its light. Winter is depicted as the death of a queen.

      A clear parallel can be drawn to the duality of life and death. In “The Queen’s wish” it is apparent that the cloaked figures carrying her in her beehive, represent the final judgment and finality. This is indicative not only by the number nine’s symbolic value but also from pitch black thickly clad cloaks that act as a veil for cutting people off from the world. Contrastingly in “Silent Spring”, the idea of rebirth is played upon, as Spring is the season celebrated for new life.

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