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Paula Louw
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  • Johannesbrurg
  • South Africa
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  • Lisa Marie Kaftori
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  • Mark Lomax
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If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Conceptual, Digital, Drawing, Installation, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture
I am...
tall, love art, movies, animals and children
About my artwork
In my artworks I use words and images from cell phones and mechanical parts derived from old typewriters. I am interested in inter-personal communication processes, particularly how contemporary technology has affected these by way of sms and emails which often bear only the most basic letters and words. With this new technology, where speed is the key strategy for saving time, language often paradoxically presents as much a hindrance to communication as a pathway for it.
In the days when manual typewriters were used, a slower form of communication demanded greater reverence and respect in our manner of addressing people. My connection with typewriters has a very personal link. For many years my late father was General Manager of Olivetti in South Africa. He had an analytical mind and a great love for words and language and read the Shorter Oxford Dictionary for pleasure. Communication with him was difficult for me and our relationship was a stormy one. In an odd way this has informed my art which deals with communication and the barriers to it in contemporary communication media.
Dysfunctional, contradictory aspects within communication intrigue me and inform my artwork. I move between old and new modes of making where some works are hand-crafted and labour intensive and thus very tactile, while others are digitally created and thus far less tangible. I try to engage with these two extremes.
Artists I like
William Kentridge, Walter Oltmann, Damian Hirst, Louise Bourgeois and loads of others
Centre of the artworld:
London, nowhere and everywhere

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hi, i'm answering on a blog, hoping this may help, razeea. sorry to hear you've lost your friends on artreview...! i was reading some other comments, somewhere on artreview, (not sure where) the other day, and saw a number of people had the same problem.

But as far as the blog is concerned, i clicked on "my blog" at the top left, and then went to "add new blog post" (or similar wording) on the top right, then a box opened to write this blog. please let me know if you can access it...good… Continue

Posted on October 26, 2008 at 19:19

please help!

I am struggling to upload a new profile picture of myself. The last one was so stupid...but somehow I cant do it. I browse and choose a pic, but then cant upload. It says, in the box, 'DONE', and outside the box, 'save'. I've tried both, one and then the other, then I tried them both one after the other...Nothing! so many times without success to upload. Any ideas please....!

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 15:32 — 4 Comments

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At 7:37 on September 7, 2010, N.S.VALLUVAN said…
At 17:13 on March 20, 2010, Rolf Lorentzen said…
It's been a pleasure to visit your site - very good work! Intriguing constellation of letters and mechanics!
At 15:13 on November 30, 2008, Prem Singh said…
Thank your mail. I am fine Paula. Just had a solo exhibition. A bit relaxed now. Hope all is well with you. Participated in a few art camps. Toured to SriLanka and Switzerland in Summer
Prem xxx
At 20:57 on November 18, 2008, Suzie Pam-Grant said…
HI Paula - yes nice to meet you here - do you show in Johannesburg? and when next are you going to show your work and where? I am with MOMO. Speak again
At 4:52 on November 18, 2008, Paula Louw said…
hi Razeea,

the big work is complete, on its way down to the show at the coast. I'll upload it soon. must get to work! I have it up on flickr for now, its called "shift". you could see it by clicking on http://flickr.com/photos/paulalouw/
At 16:57 on November 9, 2008, Paula Louw said…
My feelings precisely!! I have also been thinking I need a sponsor! I have only shown my work in South Africa until now...although i have some in London and in Perth, but they're in the homes of my sons, both of whom live overseas.
Funny about the rain...also been raining all day here. Not heavily though. Just fine, wet drizzle, which makes everything very wet and dark. I chatted to my sister who lives in California, and she says its raining there too! nice to hear from you!
At 10:13 on November 9, 2008, razeea Lindner said…
Hi Paula, thank you for the appreciation.Concerning the competition no I didn't apply because it's complicated to send work in the States & if not done through a gallery the costs would have been too high.Uptil now I've been exhibiting more in Germany & Europe, somehow easily accessible. It's a pity though cause I'd love to show my work on a broader basis because the themes are socio -cultural & socio-political based. Definitely have to try & find a generous sponsor!!! Have to go to an opening now. Take care & have a good Sunday!Raining cats & dogs here........!
At 18:41 on November 8, 2008, ART & ARTISTS LA said…

Open to all artists in all fine arts media we seek to recognize outstanding quality and diversity in the arts.

The 2009 IJC is open to all artists worldwide, age 18 and older. All works must be original. Entries in the following medias will be accepted: Painting, Drawing, Mixed media, Printmaking, Watercolor, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Photography.

Entry Deadline February 15th 2009.


A solo show next winter 2009 at Bluebird Art House and $1500 to the winner. 1 work in the show for each one of the 3 runner up.

To receive the Submission Form and bases

At 3:32 on November 4, 2008, Paula Louw said…
So pleased for you, razeea!
the work is going well - almost finished! I have a couple of last minute problems that i'm trying to sort out...
Are you busy with something at the moment?
At 20:36 on November 3, 2008, razeea Lindner said…
Hi Paula ,well with the help of mighty!Mike(always ready to help!) I could get the list but it still does not show up on the left side.I recieved a mail though from artreview saying this problem is due to a reorganization of the site with some new features coming on soon. So let's hope for the best!Thanks anyway....So , how's your new project going?looking forward to that!


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