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Ons `Queen'

Item date(s): 2010

Colette Lotz

Size: 170mm
Technique: Digital print

Place publication: (Potchefstroom, RSA)
Publisher: The artist

Reference note:
The book entitled Onse 'Queen' (Our Queen) was inspired by the birth of my firstborn, Danielle, on the 10th of March 2009. The word 'Queen' is a humorous name my husband and I call her, because she took in such an important place in our lives - she rules!

The book is not intended to be a recording of her `first things' in terms of her development, but is rather a subjective reflection of my personal experiences of trying to conceive, a subsequent miscarriage, the death of my father and finally conceiving and giving birth to Danielle. The book features frames which focus attention on the importance of family, love and of belonging. The tree symbol also occurs throughout and refers to both the family tree and the development of new life, played off against images of my late father. Throughout the book, binary oppositions between, for example, life and death, joy and sadness, and good and bad experiences are constantly juxtaposed.

The format is small and reflects the intensely intimate experience of life and death, as well as the experience of becoming a mother. The personal nature of the content might be inaccessible to some, but the viewer who shares similar experiences may identify with its essence.

Exhibition notes:
Included on the exhibition 'Transgressions and Boundaries of the Page', exhibited at WOORDFEES 2010. Archive Room in JS Gericke Library, University of Stellenbosch, 1st - 6th March 2010; The Gallery of the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 15th April - 13th May 2010; the FADA Gallery, Faculty of Art Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg, 12th - 30th July 2010.

Ref: DP/10050

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