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I had a bit of fun coming up with this work for a Tom Waits tribute exhibition. Entitled Tom waits for no man the exhibition is curated by Gordon Froud as part of the 2013 ABSA Klein Karoo National Arts Festival visual arts programme. The format was restricted to 30cm diameter – the format of traditional vinyl LPs.

I had a tough time deciding on my favourite Waits track, so in the end I decided to take inspiration from his life instead. The title of the work is a quote from Waits on the early part of his career. It resonated with me in that his personal narrative became part, almost indistinguishable, from his oeuvre.

I used appropriation as a creative device of choice to echo the gadabout attitude.

The show moves to University of Johannesburg Art Gallery from 8 – 29 May 2013.

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RELATED LINK (Afrikaans): Tom Waits for No Man exhibition

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