Annette Du Plessis
http://ArtsCad.com/@/AnnetteDuPlessis

'bark for 3 months" is the third display of the art calender - 13 moons but 12 months

"Breath" the second page of 13 moons but 12 months urges



13 MOONS BUT 12 MONTHS

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NELSON MANDELA BAY, SOUTH AFRICA, 1 December 2005 — Annette du Plessis has created a special collection of her artworks in calendar format entitled: “13 moons but 12 months” - where she expresses her poetic and visual perspectives on creation, women, men, children, poverty, the environment, the universe, God, etc. The artworks were created in multi layers of textures/colours and are captioned with famous quotes by Nelson Mandela, George Pemba, Marc Chagal, Vincent van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, William Blake, etc.

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The calendar is published by "Lulu, (www.lulu.com), the world's fastest-growing provider of print-on-demand books and comes in 13.5 x 19.0 in., Coil-bound 100#, white interior paper, full-color (CMYK) interior ink, 100# white exterior paper, full-color (CMYK) exterior ink and is available at $49.95 per copy, shipping and postage excluded.

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Link to Publication*: http://www.lulu.com/content/192691

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[Announcement - Annette Du Plessis - 3Ko - 2005]


Creative thinking has been a natural aspect of my life since earliest recollection. I remember vividly as a 5 year old how I used to build installations on the banks of the river, where my extended family had a farm.
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I had so many questions about life already and was specifically intrigued by the universe, animals, plants, and the difference between the various types of people on the farm (it was during apartheid years and racism was rife).
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Sadly - my dad had a problem with unpredictable anger outbursts and I feared him tremendously. I think I became quite "developed" creatively because art in a way was a means to escape and live in another world - where I needed no additional friends - and no additional love.
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At the age of 17 after I nearly died in a serious accident - I came under the awesome and loving power of God. General apects about my life began to fall into place and I realised that my suffering and abuse evaporated totally and completely in the presence of God.
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I am however far from living a real godly life - yet I know that the creative energies within me - are not of my own - but run through me because of God's choice into and through my life - and I am so grateful for this blessing - I am learning about deeper meanings of existance - as I go along expressing deep yearnings and thoughts that spontaneously well up inside... I do my art without any prior planning - for me it is essential that I empty myself of myself - and allow my senses to pick up and spill out sounds and patterns and movements from the unseen world. I "hear music" as I do art and I feel " creative movements through my mind" like dancing patterns. This happens away and at the canvas.
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My desire is that viewers should interact with "my" artwork and that they find solace - that they be provoked to become better people - filled with love and compassion for others.
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[Biography - Annette Du Plessis - 3Ko]


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ARTIST STATEMENT
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medium, processes and techniques
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Annette always explores new ways of expressing herself - as a preschool child she began her art journey by building installations on the river banks - imagining herself flying forth and exploring the universe. She has used paints, newspapers, magazines, glass, stones, fiber, computer art, ect
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producing the artworks
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Colours, objects, observations, visions, impressions - form the background to each work. Deep thought processes increase from the point of production. The work progresses spontaneously and poetic insights, sounds flow forth from an invisible source. She is always amazed by revelations through the artworks and she believes God speaks to people especially through artists. During the process of each artwork, movements, patterns, balances, sounds circle boundlessly at 360degrees within her soul.
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reason why specific artworks are produced
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Through her artworks Annette aspires to reach out to people, letting them pause to grasp the awesome splendour of creation, the existance of all (material and beyond)to mentally forsee beyond the small and shortspanned life on earth and to be passionately connected to God, the Creator of all. She desires to serve others through her art as she realises that she is blessed to be be talented and did not earn her skills and insights in any manner.
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ART CURRICULUM VITAE
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Name:   Annette du Plessis
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Education                 
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PE technikon, South Africa, 1986
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Foundation Study in Fine Arts, first year, did not complete degree
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Awards & Achiements  
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King George Art Gallery, South Africa, 1994 - 1995
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'people,places & perspectives'
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work selected to go  on national tour mayor South African Government galleries
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Pendula Women's Art Exhibition, 1995
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Organised a woman's art exhibition for Port Elizabeth City
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Dakawa, Grahamstown, South Africa,1998
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Selected as one of 17 Eastern Cape Artists to exhibit at a historical exhibition
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Eastern Cape Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa, 1998
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Certificate of Excellency
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FNB Vita Awards, South Africa, 1998
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Merit Award
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Konst Epidemic Artist Residency, Sweden, 2001
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Won residency award during 2001 after Annette's artwork was selected as a winner in the City to City - Face to Face Exhibition, Goteborg, Sweden - under the banner of the partnership between Port Elizabeth City and Goteborg City 
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Siyaya Centre for Young Arts, South Africa, 2001-current
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Founded and running a community art centre in an African township, New Brighton, Nelson Mandela Bay.
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Arts and Culture Community Participation
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Imvaba Arts and culture Anti-apartheid organisation, South Africa, 1998-1991
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Activist participating with other artist activists against apartheid, doing collective murals (at Mayibuye museum, Cape Town), logo's, posters, banners, etc. 
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Port Elizabeth Action Committee, South Africa, 1989-1990
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'Give Conscripts a choice' Creative banner - embroidered and collaged - against forced apartheid conscription for all white male South African Citizens
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Ex Detainees Committee, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 1990
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Creative art banner, collaged and embroidered - welcoming the Release of the ?Rivonia? prisoners from Robben Island (before the release of Nelson Mandela)
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Port Elizabeth Woman's Organisation, 1989
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Creative Banner against apartheid
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PEPCO, 1989
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Creative banner against apartheid
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NIR - Koinonia, 1990
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Creative banner against apartheid
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Women's Decade, 1989
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Creative banner against apartheid
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SANSCO, 1989
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Creative banner against apartheid
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Uitenhage Civic Organisation, 1990
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Creative banner against apartheid
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NADEL, 1990
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Creative banner against apartheid
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COSAS, 1989/1990
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Creative banner against apartheid
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ANC, 1991-1996
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Creative banner for first welcoming rally for Nelson Mandela
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Several creative banners for various ANC branches within Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage
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SACP, 1991
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Creative banner
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IDASA, 1990
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Creative banner for 'One City, one municipality'
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ANC Women's League, 1991
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Creative banner
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NESG, 1990/1991
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Logo for welcoming t-shirts for the returning exiles
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National Health Department, 1995
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'Aids the new struggle' With 4 other artists, painted a mural on Brister House, Nelson Mandela Bay.
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Port Elizabeth Tourism, 1989
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'Pambile ne African Renaisance, Pambile' Commissioned with 2 other artists to do a mural on the historical Grand Hotel in Nelson Mandela Bay
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http://www.biketracks.net/wild_coast.htm (African painted murals...)
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Arts and Culture Organisational Commitments
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ANC Cultural Desk - Western Districts, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 1996
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Head cultural Desk
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Port Elizabeth Civic Society Forum, 1996
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Representative City's visual artists
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Port Elizabeth Arts and Culture Council, 1997
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Chairperson Visual arts sector
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Exhibitions
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Local: Nelson Mandela Bay
Highbury Art Gallery ~ 1993-1994
Wezandla ~ 1994-1995
King George Art Gallery ~ 1994-1998
People, Places, Perspectives
GAP
EPSAFC Imvaba Exhibition ~ 1993
Ichthyology Department
Dakawa ~ 1004, 1997, 1998
People, Places, Perspectives ~ 1994
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Eastern Cape Department Arts and Culture selected artworks ~ 1997
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