Art, coming out of lockdown#1

At this time when things are re-shaping themselves I thought I’d offer my take on an artist who was famed for blocking his world with colour and geometry: Mondrian. At the time I created it I was attending a DBT course aimed at supporting autistic people. Life within Therapy I created this Mondrian inspired grid…

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Art in the time of lockdown #13

With restrictions easing, this may be the final ‘Lockdown’ post. No matter. For me 13 is not a bad omen. Even as a child I quite liked the number. For Number 13 I had something in mind that was just for a bit of fun. Sheep in Welsh Storm Inspiration: Henri Rousseau: Tiger in Tropical…

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Art in the time of lockdown #10

Self-portrait: possibilities This image is the first in the series to have been created without a particular ‘inspiration’ in mind. Once again my very patient husband was key – taking photographs of me without knowing exactly what was called for. The problem was that I was unable to explain. It was a case of “I’ll…

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Art in the time of lockdown #9

Picnic on the Grass Performing a ‘one-eighty’ on my inspirational artwork here I am with two male models! Not the usual combination of clothed and unclothed adults we are used to observing. Once again, my fun take on famous artworks brings with it a more serious question about what is acceptable in the artworld.My thanks…

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Art in the time of lockdown #8

“Aweary in Lockdown” One of my favourite paintings is Millais’s ‘Mariana’, based on the Tennyson poem of the same name, which was in turn inspired by William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.Recent news articles have featured the increasing health problems, notably backache, from working at home without benefit of ergonomic seating. I wanted to capture the…

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Battle over a Urinal: is it a Gender Issue?

Art Galleries, Art Books, Art Critics ascribe the signed and dated urinal, Fountain, as the work of Marcel Duchamp, the French-American artist and creator of ‘Ready-Made’ art. Only cursory research is necessary to realise that neither statement should be accepted at face-value. A rider is required: it is the principally patriarchal art institutions and male…

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