Sunday, 4 October 2009
Friday, 2 October 2009
I recently revisited Harewood House located just outside leeds. The national trust House was build for Edwin Lascelles in the 18th century. Each room is filled with beautiful furniture, paintings and china. The furniture is mostly designed by Thomas Chippendale as he lived in Otley.
Thursday, 1 October 2009
The ideas behind Ghada Amer's work remind me of those of Tracy Emin. Her "everyone i have ever slept with tent" has a similar concept behind it. By embroiding all the names on the tent she is showing that it is her body and she shouldn't be embarrassed by what she does with it.
"You can lose more than your patience" is the message that photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten is trying to get across, by using such powerful images of porcelain children. She has created this campaign for polish charity Nobody's Children Foundation which provides assistance to abused children, their parents, and carers.
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, winner of the man book prize. The novel is set in India, Balram, a chauffeur murders his employer justifying his crime as an act of a social entrepreneur. Balram then recounts his transformation from an honest hardworking boy growing up in rurl india where education and electricity are scarce to a determined killer.
The Time Travelers wife originally a book by Audrey Niffenegger was recently made into a film with Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams directed by Robert Schwentke. The book is meant to be really amazing and brilliantly written. The film however was so confusing. In some cases this can be a positive and can keep the audience interested and waiting for an explanation. Though in Schwentke's film the explanation never really came and this i don't was a purposeful aim of the director.
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
I came across this painting when at the Henry the 8th exhibition at Hampton Court. The portrait depicts Henry the 8th, his son Edward and his third wife, Jane Seymour. What is so intriguing about the image is that in reality these individuals could never had been seen together. Jane Seymour died in child birth with Edward and yet we see them sitting side by side Henry in the picture. This is evident of Henry's desire to create this image of a happy family, that in real life he never had.