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Wednesday, 01 October 2008 02:00

Peanut Elves

By  Wendy Given

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The artist is interested in inattentional blindness, also known as perceptual blindness, which is the phenomenon of not being able to see things that are actually there. This can be a result of having no internal frame of reference to perceive the unseen objects, or it can be the result of the mental focus or attention which cause mental distractions.

The concept for A. hypogaea albus (peanut elves) originated from an extensive interest in the extraordinary and otherworldly occurrent findings hidden within the common world.

As a small child Wendy was taught a game by her mother and grandparents which involved searching for elves inside of raw peanuts. The true origin of the game is unknown, although, it traditionally passed through several generations of Wendyʼs maternal family in Holland as a pastime of discovery, patience, and imagination.

These images form part of an ongoing series of C-Prints (30 x 20 inches each) called A. hypogaea albus (peanut elves), fig. 1-19, 2008.
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  • Comment Link Calvin Phelps Wednesday, 01 October 2008 02:00 posted by Calvin Phelps

    These images are simultaneously sublimely beautiful and uncanny (in the Fruedian sense of 'uncomfortably strange'). I am also intrigued by the circuitous route the peanut makes to find itself back in the pages of a South African art magazine. Having originated in the Americas, brought back to Europe and Africa by colonizers and finding popularity in the US after the slave trade, Wendy's Dutch heritage adds another twist to the way one views these 'elves' and leaves me even more curious of this game's origins.

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