Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Oh, Agnes

"I know that in my little notebooks on scraps of paper, everything is beautiful, It all works seamlessly. And when you get there, it’s all like a nightmare. The main thing in making art often is letting go of your expectation and your idea."

Monday, 28 November 2011

If your mind were in the gutter, would you pick it up or leave it there?

Friday, 25 November 2011

Take Me Back to Berlin

Each grain of sand, Every stone on the land, each rock and each hill, each fountain and rill, Each herb and each tree, Mountain, hill, earth and sea, Cloud, meteor and star Are men seen afar

Monday, 14 November 2011

Fixated on Softness

Why are we so fixated on softness? If Disney didn't put gloves on Mickey Mouse and we could see his real claws, I don't think he would be half as popular as he is today.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

"You don't need to go to London to be a better painter. You won't find better lamp posts there." L. S. Lowry

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Experience - A New Value

Sam Hill and Ben Barker, graduates from my course at Goldsmiths, lead our Design Workshop yesterday and introduced us to a way of using experience as a new value system alongside moral and pleasure in order to help make life more enriched, more varied and more rewarding. The idea came from Sam's third year project in 2008 based on risks and exposures. He aimed to change the way he lived by removing the barriers that limited the way in which he experienced life. When we take safety out of the question, risk is added and therefore a more intense experience with heightened senses, enriching quality of life.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

The Power of Stereotypes

"I wear neckties. I do not like them and at one time considered never wearing them again. However, I decided that this was a foolish battle, because the stereotyping associated with a necktie is so strong that I can accomplish certain things professionally much easier by wearing one, since people assume I am more important." - James L. Adams

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Love is What You Want

I am not a fan of Tracey Emin, and did not get much out of walking around her current exhibition Love is What You Want at the Hayward Gallery yesterday...

Except maybe that I probably shouldn't have taken my 12 year old little sister along.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Life Out of Balance

A container of ashes might one day be thrown from the sky, which could burn the land and boil the oceans.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Positive Thinking

Masaru Emoto's rice experiment demonstrated the power of positive thinking and that human thoughts and intentions can alter physical reality. Two portions of cooked rice were put into containers, one labelled "thank you" and on the other "you fool". Emoto instructed school children to read the labels out loud everyday when they passed. A month later, the rice labelled "thank you" was still edible, while the other was moldy and rotten.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Saturday, 4 June 2011

One Day

"Emma got a job pulling pints in the local pub, and time passed, and she felt her brain begin to soften like something forgotten at the back of the fridge."

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Sold My Soul

Saw Cattle and Cane playing at Water Rats last week, seriously good music. Well worth a look.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."

Martin Luther King, Jr

Friday, 8 April 2011

Side Effects Have Their Advantages

The floods in K N Shah, Pakistan, caused spiders to escape to the trees and there are consequently less mosquitoes in the area, reducing the risk of malaria.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

What does it mean, to possess a space?

What does it mean, to live in a room?
Is to live in a place to take possession of it?
What does taking possession of a place mean?
As from when does somewhere become truly yours?
Is it when you've put your three pairs of socks to soak in a pink plastic bowl?
Is it when you've heated up your spaghetti over a camping-gaz?
Is it when you've used up all the non-matching hangers in the cupboard?
Is it when you've drawing-pinned to the wall an old postcard showing Carpaccio's 'Dream of St Ursula'?
Is it when you've experienced there the throes of anticipation, or the exaltations of passion, or the torments of a toothache?
Is it when you've hung suitable curtains up on the windows, and put up the wallpaper, and sanded the parquet flooring?

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Thomas Demand

These photographs document the life-size recreations of scenes in German history constructed entirely from coloured paper and cardboard. They are such quiet pieces which is why I am so drawn to them, as any trace of human existence is erased.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

John Frederick Lewis

I saw this painting last at the Watercolour exhibition at Tate Britain. It is painted by John Frederick Lewis of the bazaar outside the mosque in Cairo in the 1840s and the amount of detail you can see in the actual painting is quite incredible. Seriously worth having a look at the exhibition just for this piece.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Been looking at sound recently in a project I'm working on and the role it plays in video with its relation with the visual image.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Fay Killed Christ

Nana Fay came over for lunch yesterday and told me that a girl in her class at school had told her that she knew Nana had killed Christ. Nana went to go and tell her teacher what the girl had said and promised that she hadn't killed Christ. Her teacher said that she knew Nana had not killed Christ and told the girl, "Fay didn't kill Christ, she missed."

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Walking the dogs this morning, I came across this house with two huge floral sofas just chilling in the front garden. Made me smile.

Monday, 28 February 2011

The Gods Must Be Crazy

Creativity: Mental process involving the discovery of new ideas or concepts, or new associations of the existing ideas or concepts, fueled by the process of either conscious or unconscious insight.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Second School of Fontainebleau

This kept me going today as I wrote my essay on the female nude and how it is presented in British art in the 19th Century.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

We Are Handsome

These swim suits are so gorgeous, but at £200 they're slightly out of budget.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Obsessions Make My Life Worse and My Work Better

As somebody who attempts to make art I feel as if I should constantly be collecting and documenting my findings. As I have realised this soon turns into an obsession and I find myself stacking and bagging up absolutely everything and never throwing anything away. Even the tiniest scrap of nothing is kept just in case it will come in useful at some point, which it usually does albeit five years later. This installation by Sagmeister Inc. illustrates my dilemma in the middle of Waagdragerhof Square, Amsterdam with 250 000 Eurocents. The coins were sorted into piles of 'darkest', 'less dark', 'less light' and 'lightest' to add depth to the letter forms and make them more legible. Being somebody who gets stressed with clutter it seems to be a bad idea to hold on to every morsel of potential media but it does in fact make for better artwork. So is it all worth it?