Archive for April 2014
A great blog review of the Be Mine exhibit.
Love is pain.
That is what the quilt says. Right in the center on a big red heart. All around it are stages, stops – like on a game board. Candy Land or Risk. Yeah, Risk.
Love. Joy. Desire.
Trust. Faith. Intimacy.
Jealousy. Anger. Betrayal.
Anxiety. Disillusion. Despair.
It is Valentine’s Day. I am at the Greenleaf Art Center for the exhibit – Be Mine. I am meeting my girlfriends here, but they are stuck in traffic. So I am alone. Impromptu Artist Date 62. My second this week.
I step back and look at the quilt that greets me as I walk in the door, wondering where I am on it.
I met a man. Or perhaps I should say, re-met. We knew each other once upon a time. Kind of. We are getting to know one another – not quite again…
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Adventures in printmaking
So last night (April 16th) was the night of the exhibition in Islamabad that our collaborative group of artists had worked so hard on throughout the previous 10 days. Here are some of the pictures of the opening at the Satrang Gallery. The British High Commissioner, Philip Barton, opened the show and was genuinely interested in the work and also in the collaboration between artists of the two nations. The staff, under gallery director, Asma Rashid Khan, were fantastic. Here’s a write up in a local paper if you want to read more. I’ve done a slide show of the gallery pictures below. The little sketch above is a signwriter who was working in the local Nando’s in Islamabad when we popped in for a salad. So I scribbled him. As you do.
This residency has been supported by Wales Arts International and Arts…
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This is the finished monotype and ghost that I was working on yesterday at the Zaira Zaka print residency in Rawalpindi. The original image started as a digital photograph that I played about with in Photoshop. I’ll post all the technical details tomorrow for the printmaking geeks.
We visited the ancient monuments at Taxila and I snapped the feet of my fellow residency artist, Hannah, standing on one of the walls of the ancient Buddhist community. I liked the contrast of her very Western daps and her Pakistani kameez, so I decided to make a reduction monotype. It’s now 2 in the morning and I’ve worked through for 16 hours so goodnight.
This residency has been supported by Wales Arts International and Arts Council Wales.
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Fairy Tale Art-appropriately GRIMM!
Snow White is probably the most famous fairy tale brought to us by the Brothers Grimm, although arguably they have Walt Disney to thank for this particular story’s popularity. It was first published in 1812 as Little Snow White and in its original form was far darker than their finalised edition of 1854. This was because they were now aiming their stories at children. Disney’s animated film, released in 1937, owes much of its influence to the final version but he lightened the mood even further.
In the original story the villain is in fact Snow White’s mother, not step-mother, which puts a shocking slant on things. So jealous is she of her daughter’s beauty that she instructs a servant to take the girl into the forest and kill her. To prove that her daughter is dead the servant was required to bring back Snow White’s liver and lungs…
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In a few hours I’ll be starting my journey from little Wales to great big Pakistan. It’s a return journey for me; I visited in 2007 and I loved it so much that I’ve always wanted to go back, but life got in the way. So now I’m off to be an artist-in-residence in Rawalpindi for most of April. Last time I visited I travelled up the Khyber Pass to the border with Afghanistan. This is a large monotype I did from a tiny sketchbook drawing, standing on a hill in Pakistan with a bunch of jolly soldiers (the Khyber Rifles), looking down at Tamurlaine’s ancient fort and the Afghan border and waving at the drones going overhead. I’ve called it ‘Let Peace Prevail’ because just behind me was a sculpture erected by schoolchildren with ‘Let Peace Prevail’ written on it and it really moved me.
As we travelled back…
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