56th Venice biennale

Great review from the Spectator: Venice biennale As a fan of Sarah Lucas (her work was very influential on my 1st year undergraduate thinking) I think I’d agree with his ‘half marks’ summary. I’m not sure that I agree with him about agitprop – I have certainly been made to think by it over the years, …

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uncertainty

Lots of changes and uncertainties over the last few weeks, and then a week’s break at Easter allowing some space for reflection. Leaving aside creative writing and thoughts about the future, I had a supervision session with Nat just before the break, which quite unexpectedly generated a eureka moment. We were discussing my drawings and …

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dilemmas

Fine art has taken a temporary back seat whilst the prose fiction module runs. The latter is fairly consuming given that I have no background in English or Creative Writing; my intention in taking the module was to learn more about fiction writing so that I could apply it to my autoethnographic writing. I have …

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oil pastels

Some useful links:  http://www.wikihow.com/Draw-With-Oil-Pastels Beginners Guide http://www.explore-oil-pastels-with-robert-sloan.com/oil-pastels-techniques.html http://www.oilpastelsociety.com/oil-pastel-basics.html Now to get going. I have an idea of using my daily photos and translating them into blocks of colour. I’m still looking at opportunities for integrating the writing and drawing, then maybe it will feel right to bring back the bodies (or bring up the bodies??)

success

With deep trepidation I made the decision to transfer hosting of my website after 3y with just host. After a few emails back and forth during which I learned that my site was a huge 36GB due to having about 20 backup copies, which I duly deleted, I am now successfully transferred to hosting with …

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preliminary ideas

I’ve started to write some poetry again and remembered that I had bought Verse & – the last collection of poems written by Oliver Bernard before he died. He died 1 June 2013 and I was amazed at how little I knew about this charismatic English teacher who had encouraged my early writing when I …

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