Category: art & artists

Sex fantasies in comics

Friday 04 July, 2014

When the curators of the Comic Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK exhibition decorated the entrance hall with a mix of quotes which included Julie Burchill’s boldly negative statement “Comic books for adults is a complete contradiction in terms, as anyone who reads comics is not an adult and should have their voting rights…

Avant-garde animation from artist/composer duos

Tuesday 03 June, 2014

Last Friday I went to the Kinoteka Closing Night Gala at the Union Chapel to see one of my favourite nu-jazz duos, Skalpel, who were reinterpreting the music of Witold Lutosławski and Andrzej Panufnik, two major names in Polish contemporary classical music. The concert was magical, and the venue’s unique character only enhanced the beauty…

Painting with scissors: Matisse at the Tate

Tuesday 22 April, 2014

On Easter Sunday, my boyfriend and I decided to brave the atrocious weather and go to Tate Modern to see the newly opened Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition. On this particularly cold, grey, and gloomy Sunday afternoon, we looked forward to seeing the late works of an artist known as the “wild beast” of colour….

Nine warriors of art who conquered their age

Thursday 03 April, 2014

I have been meaning to write about time and ageing for a while now. What prompted me to do so is the autobiography of Dorothea Tanning, Between Lives: An Artist and Her World (2001), which I am currently reading. I discovered Tanning a few weeks ago, when I was writing a blog post on “artwives”…

The art of collage: paper & scissors rock!

Wednesday 26 February, 2014

Max Ernst, the author of a collage graphic novel, Une Semaine de Bonté (1934), once said: “Collage is the noble conquest of the irrational, the coupling of two realities, irreconcilable in appearance, upon a plane which apparently does not suit them.” Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of seeing an exhibition devoted to the work…

Strange Little Girls

Tuesday 11 February, 2014

One day you see a strange little girl look at you One day you see a strange little girl feeling blue She’d run to the town one day Leaving home and the country fair Just beware when you’re there, strange little girl She didn’t know how to live in a town that was rough It…

Me, Myself & I. Self-portraits.

Tuesday 04 February, 2014

Last weekend, I registered for the BP Portrait Award, which is an annual portraiture competition held at the National Portrait Gallery in London. It was started in 1979 and was initially sponsored by John Player & Sons, a tobacco company, but British Petroleum took over sponsorship of the competition in 1989 – hence the name….

Magic in the gutter. A few words on comics and sequential art.

Tuesday 21 January, 2014

Until very recently, I had been making a conscious effort to separate writing, one of my favourite and most natural ways of expressions, from other areas of my artistic practice. I somehow felt that it was interfering with visual art, my official career path, and that it didn’t have a place in it, besides the…

Beauty & terror

Monday 06 January, 2014

A few days ago I watched a film which affected me in a way only a handful of films did (recent ones include Lars von Trier’s Melancholia, Lukas Moodysson’s Lilja 4-ever or Jan Komasa’s Suicide Room). From Inside is an animated movie created by John Bergin (credited as writer, producer, director, and animator), based on his…