Category Archives: Art and Design

Up Close on Sculpture

Recently I’ve collected various bits of debris on the beach to recycle and thinking about what is art. I consider myself to be quite creative and open to ideas, but art is very subjective isn’t it? I may be interested in Tracey Emin but I wouldn’t want to take her work home.
Broomhill sculpture garden has many thought provoking pieces, here are four, each with a close up,

What springs to mind?
What springs to mind?

Thorns?
Thorns?

A splindly tree?
A splindly tree?

Folds
Folds

At work on the pavement
At work on the pavement

I prefer this close up
I prefer this close up

Something from deep in the earth?
Something from deep in the earth?

Creative use of cable ties!
Creative use of cable ties!

Tell me your thoughts, love them or hate them?

Gratitude Jar and Lotus Leaves

From “Don’t judge a book by its cover” to “Don’t look at the jug, but at what it contains” (an old Rabbinic saying), we’re constantly taught that the contents of things are more important than the vessels, wrappers, and boxes that hold them in place. This week, let’s give outer shells their due and focus our lenses on things that contain other things.

Says Ben Huberman, at the Daily Post.

I love containers, who doesn’t? They are full of feminine symbolism.   I decided to snap a few of my favourite containers.

A wooden vessel from Malaysia, very smooth and curvy.
A wooden vessel from Malaysia, very smooth and curvy.

My Terramundi, a gift from my friends when I left a job
My Terramundi, a gift from my friends when I left a job

A bowl by my favourite ceramic artist Laurel Keeley
A bowl by my favourite ceramic artist Laurel Keeley

Driftwood sticks, shells and beach stones from all over
Driftwood sticks, shells and beach stones from all over

The gratitude jar that I began on January 1st
The gratitude jar that I began on January 1st

My last photo, the only one in colour, is a painting contained in a frame. It was painted for me by Stuart Whitelaw, and brought all the way from Australia when he and Christine visited last month. It is of the beautiful lotus leaves on the dam at Dadirri, Christine’s favourite plants.

Lotus leaves
Lotus leaves

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Oui, c’est moi!

I’m sharing this photo of a sculpture at Broomhill, just because I like it. Why do I like it? She reminds me of me. The curl of her lips, pouting like I did as a child, still do when I’m playing mardy.  Her nose doesn’t have a round upturned blob like mine, she’s far more elegant. It’s more her personality, she looks feisty, stroppy, possibly because she’s just had a fight with her hair. Second thoughts maybe she isn’t stroppy, she could be sorrowful, frightened or in pain. She could have been reprimanded, punished for some real or imagined misdemeanour. So she isn’t me after all.

How strange that I have endowed her with a personality and lots of potential stories. It’s interesting how we each interpret art, perhaps you could tell me what you see? I wonder what the sculptor, from Zimbabwe I believe, was intending to show and if she is based on a real person. I guess I’ll never know. Is there a piece of art that you identify with? Let me know in a comment or with a link?

Oui, c'est moi

Summer Journal Days 6 and 7

I’m a bit behind with my summer journal for Myfanwys group. It isn’t that I haven’t been working on it, just enjoying the process. This weekend my friend and I decided that we would try something we’ve both always wanted to do, making paper. so I didn’t follow the prompts!

Here is a step on the way, pulping recycled paper in a food processor with paint to add colour.

 pap

 

Some of the results. This was for July 6th.

 paper2

and here

paper1

Putting it to use, on July7th.

paper4

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A Little More from Broomhill

I wish it was possible to name all the artists and each piece of work at Broomhill, but I’d need a week there. So I’ll let you just enjoy – or otherwise, a few more sculpture shots.

Inside edge
Inside edge

From th other side you can see it's made from road signs and other reclaimed metal.
From th other side you can see it’s made from road signs and other reclaimed metal.

One of several of my favourites
One of several of my favourites


From the front
From the front

Not from the front!
Not from the front!

Any favourites or any that you strongly dislike?

Travel Theme, world cups at Broomhill

I haven’t taken part in Ailsa’s travel them for a long time – simply because of a lack of time, but I couldn’t resist this one.
As you know I recently visited a sculpture garden in north Devon and came home with hundreds of photos. The friend I went with won’t thank me for putting up a photo of her, but it was her favourite sculpture, and I doubt she’ll see it anyway, prove me wrong Woosie!

We're heading that way.
We’re heading that way.

Found it!
Found it!

Milk, one sugar.
Milk, one sugar.

A rarity, a photo of me and I've even got my legs out!
A rarity, a photo of me and I’ve even got my legs out!

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A Banksy Contrast

Bristol museum has a couple of Banksy’s in it’s collection and I remembered this one when I thought about contrasts.

This isn’t how I tend to see an angel, the statue beneath may be, but Banksy has added a little something to make us think as usual.

banksy2
The trashy paint pan is in complete contrast to the angel. Here is what the Museum has to say about it.
banksy

and another look.
banksy1

What are your thoughts, are you aware of Banksy’s work?
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A Broomhill Gallery

Yesterday I said I would post some more photos of the wonderful sculpture at Broomhill Art Hotel, but easier said than done. I took so many photos, there was such a wide range of work and many, many pieces that I liked, that I hardly know where to begin.
So, these are some of the first I saw, whilst having coffee and a freshly baked cookie on the hotel terrace. I’m fairly sure these are from two artists, Laury Dezengremel and Carol Peace.

I hope you like them as much as I do, if so do you have a favourite?