Sunday, 12 October 2014

And She Lay Down Deep Beneath The Sea

Tracey Emin show at White Cube Gallery // London
Art sketchbook planning // Tracey Emin
Pt 2 Progress of my art collab with Areena

Lots has happened. I met Peace: Harrison and Sam Koisser, Doug Castle and Dom Boyce and they were very very very lovely and we made them some cake. Then we watched their soundcheck before their Ally Pally gig in London and no one else was there except us-it was sureeeaal and a dream come true. 

I've done lots of art whilst staying on top of sixth form work (just) and everything is OK but I'm tired. I've been listening to lots of Goat, The Doors (hello Winter and I found a 1980's vintage Jim Morrison tshirt in my mother's cupboard), Echo and the Bunnymen and Aphex Twin. I also can't decide whether or not I should listen to lots of Morrissey now before he dies to appreciate the fact  that he's alive and heavenly but also it's too sad knowing he might die soon and I can't bring myself to. I'm also v v sad that Crystal Castles broke up before I got to see them live </3

Also super excited to see Mac Demarco live in November and I just got given Alt J tickets for their biggest gig to date at the O2 Arena!! The new album definitely has its points and I particularly like Bloodflood Pt II and Nara.

Tracey Emin at White Cube Gallery on Sunday. Emin's spidery nudes tower in blotchy black embroidery and minute inky paintings line the walls of a huge airy gallery. White, black, blue and pink. Tracey Emin's development of exploring her own form is distinct, as she says on a video at the end of the show; her drawings no longer portray a 'spindly' girl in her mid-twenties, but a voluptuous and mature woman in her fifties. Accompanying the beautiful paintings and drawings are some neons that buzz on the white walls like sparks: "The Last Great Adventure is You", "Your Absence Only makes me love you more", "More Solitude" and "The Soul will always Do what it needs to do". 
"More solitude" seems to be the main phrase that comes to mind when describing Emin's inspiration for the collection. On contemplating the object behind her reference to "You", she realised whilst assembling the pieces that it is a human being's solitude and discovery of the self whilst living that is the most important part of becoming a person.
I found the embroidery and minimal colours beautiful, and although I didn't really see the point of her new sculpture and bronze work I thought that Emin's drawing and composition has excelled in this exhibition. 



Monday, 22 September 2014

Sinead ✩

On Saturday, I met Sinead on a cute trip to Brick Lane, where we saw some live music and talked about fun things and looked round the shops. We also bumped into Dani and some pals momentarily which was strange but sweet~~~
Sinead and I went to Rough Trade and some vintage shops, talking about art and FKA Twigs and it was super lovely and sunny!! We then spontaneously walked into a Pop-Up shop and Sinead Harnett and MNEK were singing there; we watched both sets and they were both soo good~ we spoke to them after, which was so fun because they were really friendly. We also wandered around some clothes and record stores and Sinead's outfit was too cute <33 
I took lots of photos of our day:

Sinead Harnett after her set (from Sinead's phone)
Sinead Harnett
Sketchbook page from the day xxx
(Sinead's photo)

All in all it was a very beau day and great to meet Sinead!1 Check out her blog because her little drawings are the sweetest, most on-point thing ever ~~ The End -G

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Lemonade Lake

Harrison Koisser is really important
~~Peace at Reading fest~~
Everything's very strange, some of my friends are already turning 17 and I'm not ready to think about life and real responsibilities and the exams I'm taking in the future actually meaning something THAT WILL AFFECT MY LIFE (??) no no not for me, I want to be 16 forever and not think about real life and university (although it sounds exciting) and I just want to make art in my bedroom.

I have too much homework to be able to do embroidery and sketching for myself during schooltime which is super depressing because now I feel like very unimaginative and brain-dead from too many history essays and not enough art. I've done some pages in my big book but I feel like nothing's original or anything to be proud of at the moment so I hope I'll get over it.
But I did this super cool collab with the very-talented Areena, inspired bLupita Nyong'o and Sylvia Plath(!!! ) below:

I've been listening to lots of Cherry Glazerr, Jungle, Rock and Roll Nightclub Mac Demarco, The Wytches, The Doors, and Bob Dylan, because Bob will always be there to sing the soundtrack of change in my life and I listened to all his records when I had friends round to play for a week-long of summer, so it's very nostalgic <333

But also Autumn is coming and that means wearing a coat indoors is acceptable again, I can wear thick jumpers 24/7, drink lots of tea without being uncomfortably warm and there will be crunchy leaves and apple crumble and Halloween and then it's almost Christmas (!!)

I'm excited about school sixth form because I read a lot of Virginia Woolf over the summer, and now we're studying To The Lighthouse: one of her more Modernist-movement novels which is so interesting. I also listened to all of Grayson Perry's Reith Lectures late on a sunday night and they're so well articulated about the contemporary art world: it made me super excited for Grayson's NPG exhibition this year <3

Monochrome ygm
Bye friends