Monday, 22 October 2012

"I stopped believing in God when I realised it was 'dog' spelt backwards"

Dorothea Tanning, Nue couchée 1969, painting of beast of Gevaudan, Antoni Tapies, Roba Interior, Francis Bacon, Man with Dog, Miroslav Tichy

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Woman, birds, stars

I got back from Barcelona yesterday-it was awesome! Here is a collection of my photos and some of the cool stuff I was lucky enough to see.

This is from a super spooky fairy bar off the Ramblas which played out like a low budget Disney Land, making it pretty perfect for me. However, the imperialist head piece on the left makes me think colonialism is the biggest horror story of all. I mean seriously. Why?! 

More photos from the fairy bar, again all very Disney which excites me. (I actually wrote my dissertation on post-colonialisn and the Disney corporation!) The warped scream of the tree reminds me of that horrible scene in Snow White, don't you think?
Picasso, Science and Charity, 1887
Art school is an extended competition to memorise the names of obscure artists. In this sense, to acknowledge a giant of contemporary art is an obscenity. Nonetheless I'd be a big liar if I didn't admit that Picasso influenced me a great deal in my own work.I also have to say that for an artist who fetishised the mark making of childhood it was incredibly interesting to see his own early works.
Snow white baby Christ dolls popped up like daisies in Barcelona shop windows

Gaudi's Sagrada Familia is honestly one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in my whole life. I took something like 300 photos in the space but none of them really captured what it was like to be in that cathedral. It was like flying.
Joan Miro, Portrait of a Young Girl

Miro is one of my all time favourite artists, ever. His work is like sunshine. I filled up an entire notebook in the Miro foundation, though much of it thanks to my dyspraxia wobble is actually illegible but hey.If you are ever feeling blue I'd recommend you read this delightful article by Desmond Morris on his trip to London zoo with Miro.
Joan Miro, Summer, 1937

Joan Miro, Woman Dreaming of Escape

Thursday, 11 October 2012


On Sick days I just want colonialism to STFU and white people to go back to wherever on earth they came from so we can finally put our pyjamas on have a nice cup of tea, or perhaps a hot chocolate, and go to sleep.

Hannah Hoch, Upside Down World Map, Ana Mendieta, Silueta, Ana Mendieta, Flowers on Body 1973, Shirin Neshat, Roger Hiorns, Tracey Emin, stills from 'Why I never became a dancer', 99 cents, Andreas Gursky, Marue Neurath picture books, Joan Fontbuberta, Fauna, Steve McCurry, Jodie Bieber, Bibi Aisha, Steve McCurry, Afghan Girl

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Brief Candles

Hello! I am sorry for neglecting my blog. I think after I coughed up the huge, baggy monster that was my last post I needed to recover a bit! Things have been pretty hectic, what with post-exhibition whirl, followed by the inevitable post-exhibition slump, Masters applications, seeing friends and starting my first ever real person job I haven't really had time to blog. But yes! I have a real person job! I am a junior fellow of visual culture at the University of the West of England. It is all terribly exciting. The work is challenging and interesting and lectures are located in a beautiful stately home which allows me to fully revel in the Hogwarts fantasies that a stark comprehensive education couldn't satisfy. There are also deers. DEERS.

I also got interviewed by the lovely people at the Vice blog Pie and Mash, whose work you should totally read. I had never been interviewed before which I think is pretty clear when they were like "where do you see yourself in five years times?" and I was like 'uhh in five years time I see myself as Joseph Gordon Levitt'. Smooth. But yeah if you wanna read all the DEEP stuff I said you can check it out here. They were also super sweet to do this follow up post about my show.

Oh and I am also going to see Azealia Banks with one of my favourite people in the world in two days and I can not wait! Do you like Azealia? I absolutely adore her, I know she's going to kill it live.  I am also going to Barcelona on Monday for a week, which is going to be super fun! I intend to consume large amounts of art and even larger amounts of tapas.

Here is a round up of some of my current inspiration for you to have a look at. I feel I should provide some context. I'm not sure if you know this but my Dad's from Syria and I am currently grappling with the near impossible task of making art about what is currently happening there. Okay, I realise there is now a huge contrast between the first past of this post and the second, but I guess that is incredibly telling of the strange situation I am in as a mixed person of Syrian heritage currently living in the first world.

Still from The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock 1963), Brenda Ann Keneally, Andy on the first day of school, Turkey costume, from 'Halloween Costumes to Inflict Upon the Innocent', on Mental Floss, 'The Owl and the Pussycat', Peter Blake (1981-3), photograph of nameless Syrian girl by Rick Findler from Vice article My Four Days of Madness with the Free Syrian Army, Degas,The Dead Fox (1864), Dear Mill, Maurice Sendak, Sasha Frolova, Recess, Rookie