2011

Title: Culmicolous 
Definition: Living in straw or on the stems of grass, as certain fungi do – from the Latin culm 'stalk' and colere 'to inhabit'.
Edition size: 35
Paper size: 50.5 x 62.8cm
Image size: 29.7 x 42cm
Medium: chine collé/letterpress

Title: Amychesis 
Definition: Convulsive clawing of a partner, especially of the back, during intense moments of sexual bliss. In Greek amyktikos is ‘scratching’.
Edition size: 35
Paper size: 50.5 x 62.8cm
Image size: 29.7 x 42cm
Medium: chine collé/letterpress

Title: Intercourse 
Definition: A small town in Pennsylvania, United States (40º 02’ N; 76º 06’ W). There is one other town with the same name, in Alabama, and significantly, there are also six towns called baby.
Edition size: 35
Paper size: 50.5 x 62.8cm
Image size: 29.7 x 42cm
Medium: chine collé/letterpress

Title: Paratomy 
Definition: In worms, a way of multiplying, based on the tendency of the worm to divide into parts, each of which grows its own head. If the heads grow on before the parts break off, the process is called architomy. In Greek tomos is ‘cutting’.
Edition size: 35
Paper size: 50.5 x 62.8cm
Image size: 29.7 x 42cm
Medium: chine collé/letterpress

Title: Oneiropomist 
Definition: One who holds the office of sending dreams to people. At the right price one may order pleasant or lucky dreams. In Greek pompe is ‘sending’ and oneiros ‘dream’.
Edition size: 35
Paper size: 50.5 x 62.8cm
Image size: 29.7 x 42cm
Medium: chine collé/letterpress

Title: Dromomania 
Definition: A craving to run, roam or travel around. The jogging craze is undoubtedly supported by free-spirited dromomaniacs. Dromophobia is a fear of motion as sensed in moving vehicles. In Greek dromas is ‘runner’.
Edition size: 35
Paper size: 50.5 x 62.8cm
Image size: 29.7 x 42cm
Medium: chine collé/letterpress

Title: Pogonophobia
Definition: A dread of beards. A philopogon is a lover (usually female) of beards, or a man so fond of his own beard, he never shaves it – in Greek pogon is ‘beard’.
Edition size: 35
Paper size: 50.5 x 62.8cm
Image size: 29.7 x 42cm
Medium: chine collé/letterpress

 

Title: Formication 
Definition: A creepy sensation as if ants are crawling on one’s skin. In Latin formica is ‘ant’.
Edition size: 35
Paper size: 50.5 x 62.8cm
Image size: 29.7 x 42cm
Medium: chine collé/letterpress

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Oh No! Dictionary

  • Willem Boshoff is a gentle giant of a man. He is tall, he is broad and his knowledge of words, plants, stones and philosophies is huge. He arrived to work on his prints with a trailer. In the trailer was a large computer. Much of his time here was spent wondering around the garden, camera in hand. Boshoff is the ideal visitor to ones garden. We had been struggling for months to identify a few tricky trees in the garden. Hours of paging through books, leaves and flowers in hand had merely resulted in frustration. And then the Druid arrived...

     

    A Brazilian Pepper Tree was identified (it has since been turned into firewood) and the incredible Ficus sansibarica (Zanzibar Fig) on our dam wall now has a name full of associations. It is remarkably easy to go off on tangents with Willem Boshoff. A casual reference to keys results in an analysis of the name for someone who keeps keys, a claviger, and then leads to someone who is obsessed with keys, and the conversation ends up in heaps of laughter.

     

    Boshoff has a remarkable ability to weave simple things into complex threads (like the beautiful installation outside the main entrance to the Mpumalanga Legislature which consists of jars of soil collected from sites around the country, poignantly reminiscent of healing, memory and belonging). And then he does the reverse, taking a complicated Latin sounding word and making it accessible, by turning it into a print. Here is what he wrote about the print Culmiculous.

     

    "I wanted to make something that has a feeling of straw, chaff or grass. In my anthology 'Kykafrikaans' I had a visual poem called 'Bol Strooi' (ball of straw) – written because of the Afrikaans idiom: "Hy praat strooi," (he speaks inconsequential rubbish).

     

    I found some fine bits of straw and turned them into the Oh No! print. Then I checked all my notes on grass and straw in the Oh No! Dictionary, but there was nothing I could use as a title. The title I chose, culmiculous, is not included the Oh No! Dictionary, but I noted that it rhymes with 'ridiculous' and I put it in as the title of the print.

     

    The entry culmiculous is in fact from my new dictionary What every Druid Should Know. The entry reads: Culmicolous: Living in straw or on the stems of grass, as certain fungi do – from the Latin culm 'stalk' and colere 'to inhabit'.

     

    Words like culmiculous and nidicolous (living in a nest) are pronounced close to ridiculous. A culm is the stem of a plant, especially a jointed grass stalk and a culmiferous plant grows stalks. Culm is also soot and mud." Willem Boshoff, 2010

     

    The "imagery" on these prints is constructed out of words that relate to the dictionary that the title of the print is from. Dromomania was drawn whilst listening to rugby on the radio, whever the ball went Boshoff drew a line along which text was later imposed.

     

    Willem Boshoff has decided that he is a Druid. A while ago he realised that all the things that interested him, the things he collects and the way he lives is druidic. His take on Druid is not the new age Stonehenge version. His is more local, an African outsider who collects, ponders, creates and occasionally comments.

     

    Most of the prints in this series relate to The Oh No! Dictionary that Boshoff has compiled.

     

    Artist's Statement:
    OH NO! WORDS

     

    I have often wondered why some authors apologise for using difficult and forgotten words. To me, the experience of the languages I speak is like travelling through