Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012

good morning mr. magpie

You started drawing pictures when you were young because you like creating then you realized you were good at it and it got you attention... Then they almost killed it for you, starting at school, but you persisted because some part of you still wanted to create a new world. And they tried taking it away from you by making you pay for it, in oh so many ways and tried making you forget what it is really about and to convince you that it doesn't really belong to you by imposing rules and contexts, concepts and precepts. But something inside you still holds on. And this is you. You create because you must, because you are Pan, the Universe, Everything you carry inside you. Mirror. And to create is to express this natural evolutionary urge inside of you. Chaos and Order. Movement in waves of creation. Motion. World upon world inside of worlds. Infinite. Because you are what you are. A God/ ess. Creator. The Magician. The Storyteller.

a book that my work is published in

Thursday, November 1, 2012

alchemical doodles

al·che·my  (lk-m)
1. A medieval chemical philosophy having as its asserted aims the transmutation of base metals into gold, the discovery of the panacea, and the preparation of the elixir of longevity.
2. A seemingly magical power or process of transmuting: "He wondered by what alchemy it was changed, so that what sickened him one hour, maddened him with hunger the next" (Marjorie K. Rawlings).

[Middle English alkamie, from Old French alquemie, from Medieval Latin alchymia, from Arabic al-kmiy' : al-the + kmiy'chemistry (from Late Greek khmeia, khumeia, perhaps from Greek KhmiaEgypt).]

Friday, July 13, 2012


       Alchemy-2012-07-13-11-34-38 (work in progress)                                        Neil Nieuwoudt 2012

Friday, July 6, 2012

Estuary Announcement

"I am very pleased to announce that all the artworks have been selected for the art & poetry book that I am editing with Luxembourg poet Agnes Marton. Entitled Estuary: A Confluence of Art and Poetry, the book will be published in December 2012. Estuary will also connect to a webpage via a Quick Response (or QR) barcode printed in the book. The webpage will contain links to the artists’ and poets’ websites featuring their images, videos, performances, and other presentations. This will serve as an internet companion to the printed book, enabling the book’s audience to stay up-to-date on new works and events by the featured artists and poets — for many years to come after the book is printed." Harriette Lawler

The Artists of Estuary:
Adrian Bayreuther, Michael Berry, Mohammad Bin Lamin, Mani Bour, Véronique Brosset, Alberto D'Assumpção, Olga Dmytrenko, Katerina Dramitinou, Goro Endow, Virginia Erdie, Mark Erickson, Oralei Fauble, Hego Goevert, Ljiljana Lazičić-Putnik, MI Sun Lee, Pia B. Lehmann, Ilham Badreddine Mahfouz, Midori McCabe, Brad Michael Moore, Neil Nieuwoudt, Izabella Pavlushko, Juan Rodrigo Piedrahita, Lina J. Reynolds, Constantin Severin, Emmy Verschoor, and Harriette Lawler.

Agnes and Harriette will also soon be creating the Estuary group on Facebook for all the poets and visual artists that will be featured.

An estuary is that part of the mouth or lower course of a river in which the river’s current meets the sea’s tide. An abundance of nutrient-rich food is found in this biome. Estuarine environments are among the most productive on earth, creating habitats for 1000s of species to live, feed, and reproduce. In our Estuary, visual art meets the art of poetry. And through the use of the QR (Quick Response) barcode in the book, printed art meets the art of performance and a book flows into the internet. Scanning the barcode with a Smartphone or other device will take the reader to Estuary's URL containing your contact & website information and links to videos or photos of the visual artists working in their studios or at one of their exhibition receptions, poets reading their work, and other such presentations that participants wish to offer. The URL that the QR barcode links to will also be printed in the book for people without the scanning devices.

Estuary will feature an uninterrupted flow of art and poetry. It will only have a short introduction block of text in the front of the book and an index of all featured artists and poets, plus copyright information, in the back of the book. Each art work and each poem will have its own full page. Thus, each 2-page spread will have art and poem facing one another. It will be a rich and diverse artistic "biome" with a varied range of visual artists, poets, excellent works and styles.

Publishing Credentials
Harriette Lawler has been a sculptor all of her adult life, she has also worked in print media design and production for 30 years, including 19 years at New York City magazines: The Village Voice (4 years), Rolling Stone (8 years) and Popular Mechanics (7 years), plus numerous freelance assignments including New York Magazine and Cuisine. Please also take a look at the two previous art books that she compiled and designed: "Privatsphären" (2011) and "Gateway: An Artists; Time Capsule" (2012).

Monday, June 25, 2012

Dino Zoo Biscuit

Dino Zoo Biscuit (Jan Smuts, Johannesburg, SA) - Photo Credit: Neil Nieuwoudt

mmm, looks a lot like new work that I've been creating... its a jungle out there...  :)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Butterfly Effect

This seems a bit like something from the Hitchiker's Guide to the Universe, especially with the diagram but I do believe it is quite real and pertains to the current of work that I have been making with ink blots or Rorschach Tests, otherwise known as Butterfly Prints...

The following quote is taken from WikiPedia...

In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions, where a small change at one place in a nonlinear system can result in large differences to a later state. The name of the effect, coined by Edward Lorenz, is derived from the theoretical example of a hurricane's formation being contingent on whether or not a distant butterfly had flapped its wings several weeks before.
Although the butterfly effect may appear to be an esoteric and unlikely behavior, it is exhibited by very simple systems: for example, a ball placed at the crest of a hill may roll into any of several valleys fully depending on slight differences in initial position.
The butterfly effect is a common trope in fiction when presenting scenarios involving time travel and with hypotheses where one storyline diverges at the moment of a seemingly minor event resulting in two significantly different outcomes.

stills from my video - 8

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rorschach Test

The Rorschach test (German pronunciation: [ˈʁoːɐʃax]; also known as the Rorschach inkblot test, the Rorschach technique, or simply the inkblot test) is a psychological test in which subjects' perceptions of inkblots are recorded and then analyzed using psychological interpretation, complex algorithms, or both. Some psychologists use this test to examine a person's personality characteristics and emotional functioning. It has been employed to detect underlying thought disorder, especially in cases where patients are reluctant to describe their thinking processes openly.[3] The test is named after its creator, Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach.

In the 1960s, the Rorschach was the most widely used projective test.[4] In a national survey in the U.S., the Rorschach was ranked eighth among psychological tests used in outpatient mental health facilities.[5] It is the second most widely used test by members of the Society for Personality Assessment, and it is requested by psychiatrists in 25% of forensic assessment cases,[5] usually in a battery of tests that often include the MMPI-2 and the MCMI-III.[6] In surveys, the use of Rorschach ranges from a low of 20% by correctional psychologists[7] to a high of 80% by clinical psychologists engaged in assessment services, and 80% of psychology graduate programs surveyed teach it.[8]

Although the Exner Scoring System (developed since the 1960s) claims to have addressed and often refuted many criticisms of the original testing system with an extensive body of research,[9] some researchers continue to raise questions. The areas of dispute include the objectivity of testers, inter-rater reliability, the verifiability and general validity of the test, bias of the test's pathology scales towards greater numbers of responses, the limited number of psychological conditions which it accurately diagnoses, the inability to replicate the test's norms, its use in court-ordered evaluations, and the proliferation of the ten inkblot images, potentially invalidating the test for those who have been exposed to them.[10]

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Subjectivism is a philosophical tenet that accords primacy to subjective experience as fundamental of all measure and law. In extreme forms like Solipsism, it may hold that the nature and existence of every object depends solely on someone's subjective awareness of it. One may consider the qualified empiricism of George Berkeley in this context, given his reliance on God as the prime mover of human perception.

Metaphysical subjectivism

Metaphysical subjectivism is the theory that reality is what we perceive to be real, and that there is no underlying true reality that exists independently of perception. One can also hold that it is consciousness rather than perception that is reality (subjective idealism). This is in contrast to metaphysical objectivism and philosophical realism, which assert that there is an underlying 'objective' reality which is perceived in different ways.

This viewpoint should not be confused with the stance that "all is illusion" or that "there is no such thing as reality." Metaphysical subjectivists hold that reality is real enough. They conceive, however, that the nature of reality as related to a given consciousness is dependent on that consciousness. This has its philosophical basis in the writings of Descartes (see cogito ergo sum), and forms a cornerstone of Søren Kierkegaard's philosophy.