Hannelie Coetzee was approached by Pretoria City Councel to resurrect her Tant Koek - in the Pretoria central business district. Naomi Meyer asked her about the art work.
Tant Koek – Artist’s statement
My paternal great-aunt “Tant Koek”, as we knew her, never married. She said she lost her love in the war. She came to visit at least once a year. Then this austere aunt would bring little gifts and just love us. The highlight of the visit would be when she played the piano and became entirely transformed into a jovial state. She was the aunt who showed me a different perspective to my conservative upbringing. In this artwork she gazes into the distance without judgment.
Tant Koek can be seen at the corner of Helen Joseph and Walter Sisulu Streets in Pretoria.