Thursday, May 2, 2019

Here and Now.

This blog Here is closed for the time being.

I am Now on Instagram (actually, have been for the past 4 years)  @mariana.swart


Monday, May 9, 2016


Buddha (mixed media)

Thursday, April 28, 2016


Experimenting with acrylic.

(101955) Bennu (acrylic on canvas)

Saturday, March 26, 2016

#288 and #289.

In October 2013 a boat carrying more than 500 Eritrean and Somalian migrants sank off the coast at Lampedusa, Italy. More than 360 people drowned. One of them, a young woman, drowned while giving birth to her baby. They were labelled victim #288 and #289. Her name was later found to be Yohanna.

Read this article about borders and identity by Frances Stonor Saunders:

For Yohanna. Art journal page.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Waiting for the light.

Journal entry after the Lily mine cave-in near Barberton. More than 80 miners were brought to safety, but three mine employees - Yvonne Mnisi, Pretty Mabuza and Solomon Nyarenda - were trapped in a container office that was swallowed by the massive sinkhole. To date they have not been rescued. Last signs of life were detected 20 days ago.

Monday, February 15, 2016


Art journal page - She was a Medusa of resentments ...

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A Hoi Polloi Cabinet of Curiosities.

Submission for the Cabinets of Curiosities exhibition in December 2015:

This work addresses issues of exclusivity, value, wealth vs poverty, ownership, lack of access vs accessibility, privilege and status.

The original Wunderkammern were limited to those who could afford them, and thus were markers of privilege, status and exclusivity. Those who collected the ‘curious’ and fantastical objects were wealthy rulers, aristocrats and merchants – with the means and time to undertake expensive journeys  and travel trade routes.  The objects collected were exclusive, special and rare, and therefore expensive. Museums have become the modern cabinets of curiosities – where the ‘populace’ is admitted (at a price) and allowed to peer through glass at exclusive objects (but not to touch). Judgement is passed not only on the value of objects, but also on the status of the viewer.

I would argue that the curious detritus of modern industrial and technological society are no less fantastical and worthy of our attention and scrutiny.  Anyone can build such a collection – the objects are available to anyone for free, and no expensive journeys are necessary.

A Hoi Polloi Cabinet of Curiosities is totally accessible to the viewer, who may touch the objects. If the viewer so wishes, he or she may also remove a card with an object and take ownership.

At the end of the exhibition, 22 object cards had been removed: