Hannalie Taute

Biography

Hannalie Taute (b. 1977) started her life’s journey in a small town called Fochville, (Gauteng) South Africa.

In 2000, Taute obtained a National Higher Diploma in Fine Art at PE Technicon (now the NNMU). Eight years ago, she started working with rubber and particularly repurposed rubber inner-tubes and in 2012 she added embroidery to her list of preferred media.

Her first solo exhibition called: “Siembamba- let’s play pretend” in 2004 was held at the Joao Ferreira Gallery in Cape Town. Since 2004 she was involved in several group and solo exhibitions. Her recent solo exhibition (2020) was represented by MContemporary gallery, Sydney Australia.

 Taute was a finalist in 2004 for the ABSA l’Atelier exhibition and a nominee for the Fiesta award in 2012 and 2015 and 2017. She received the Kanna-award for best visual art production at the 2014 KKNK art festival for her solo exhibition called: “Rubber ever after”. In 2017 she represented South Africa at the Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennale in the Netherlands.  

 Her work can be found in various private collections as well as the academic collection of UNISA. She currently lives and works in Riversdale, Western Cape.

Artist Statement

Taute’s work is in a constant state of evolution, which in itself mirrors many of the ideas behind her art. Her process is methodical and laborious. The work depicts moments in time – capturing instances in which a non-traditional medium (in this case rubber) undergo a violent process of change.  She juxtapose delicate cotton thread with industrial discarded inner tubes by embroidering items that can decay, such as flowers and flesh, with moments of violent disruption.  The resulting organized chaos resembles our daily lives and external influences.  One central theme or unifying characteristic is the repeated exploration of identity and/or relationships within her “paracosmic fantasy”.  

She explores this concept by means in which people often have many and sometimes conflicting, identities to which they answer to. “Art is some sort of interesting area where dysfunction is allowed.”* This is perhaps most striking in the more recent work, ranging from figurative, and hybrid toy-like creatures to a variety of portraits as well as larger floral arrangements embroidered on rubber.   

Characteristic of her work is the use of recycled inner tubes with embroidered thread with which she is continuing to create a “paracosm” as a way of orienting herself in reality.  The coarseness of the rubber is counteracted by the delicacy of the thread, but this is subverted, as often the stitching and composition of the rubber inner tubes are delicate and the thread seems almost rough in its arrangement.  Taute wants the medium of the piece to interact with the subject manner in a way that forces the viewer to deeply engage and question with the art-works, and she aims to create a moment of respite from the chaos while simultaneously depicting it.

VIDEO INTRODUCTION TO EXHIBITION

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Far Left

Neighbourhood Watch

 85 x 75 cm

 Cotton Thread and Rubber

2019

R 18 000

Centre Bottom

Left of Centre

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Eatmore

52 x 25 x 14 cm  

Cotton Thread, Polyester Fiber Filling and Rubber

2020

R 7 500

Putting a Smile on Your Face

40 x 17 x 8 cm

Cotton Thread, Polyester Fiber Filling and Rubber

2019

R 4 500

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See-more

44 x 22 x 10 cm  

Cotton Thread, Polyester Fiber Filling and Rubber

2020

R 7 000

haaa-aaah

25 x 23 x 5 cm  

Cotton Thread, Polyester Fiber Filling and Rubber

2020

R 4 500

SOLD

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Sweet Tooth

31 x 15 x 9 cm  

Cotton Thread, Polyester Fiber Filling and Rubber

2020

R 4 500

Arms Wide Open

38 x 24 x 9 cm  

Cotton Thread, Polyester Fiber Filling and Rubber

2020

R 5 000

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HOT Air Balloon

95 x 25 x 8 cm  

Cotton Thread, Polyester Fiber Filling and Rubber

2020

R 4 500

A Whale of a Time

40 x 22 x 10 cm  

Cotton Thread, Polyester Fiber Filling and Rubber

2020

R 5 000

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Sowaar as Padda Manel

38 x 12 x 10cm  

Cotton Thread, Polyester Fiber Filling and Rubber

2020

R 5 000

SOLD

Shit’s Getting Real

65 x 20 x 7 cm  

Cotton Thread, Polyester Fiber Filling and Rubber

2020

R 4 000

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Detail Top Left

Change of plans
83 x 67 cm
Cotton Thread, Rubber

2020

R 18 000

Detail Centre

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FOMO
70 x 18 x 10cm
Cotton Thread, Polyester Fiber Filling and Rubber

2020

R 4 000

SOLD

You Can’t Touch This
64 x 16 x 8 cm
Cotton Thread, Polyester Fiber Filling and Rubber

2019

R 4 000

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Wild Goose Chase
77 x 80 cm
Cotton Thread and Rubber 2020

R 18 000

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Earn Your Stripes
45 x 22 x 10cm
Cotton Thread, Polyester Fiber Filling and Rubber 2019

R 7 500

SOLD

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Horsing Around
35 x 18 x 8cm
Cotton Thread, Polyester Fiber Filling and Rubber

2019

R 5 000

SOLD

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#Fairwarning
77 x 80 cm
Cotton Thread and Rubber

2020

R 5 000

Extra Terrestrials Don't Age

Cotton Thread, Rubber & Polyester Filler

320x190mm

R 5 000

Min of Meer-min

Cotton Thread, Rubber & Polyester Filler

940x450x150mm

R 9 800

Third Time Lucky

Cotton Thread, Rubber & Polyester Filler

760x230x100mm

R 4 000

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