Cambodian Dancers


wpid-wp-1406429707350.jpegAuguste Rodin discovered Khmer dance on the occasion of the official visit to France by King Sisowath of Cambodia in 1906.

When Auguste Rodin met the troupe of dancers for the first time it was like a revelation to him. He was struck by the timeless and universal nature of the movements of this dance, which transformed this relatively unknown form of art into a manifestation of the universal principle of the “unity of nature” through time and space.

This encounter came as such a shock to Rodin that he immediately started a first series of drawings. However, the dancers were expected elsewhere, and Rodin therefore dropped everything to follow them to Marseilles, not even taking with him the necessary paper and drawing material.  On arrival, he executed a series of studies of movements and female draperies that are considered to be among the leading lights of his art.

Text from Musee Rodin





Head On a Stem

Head on a Stem. Odilon Redon.

Head on a Stem. Odilon Redon.

Poem on His Birthday

Poem on his Birthday. Ceri Richards. 1965.

Poem on his Birthday (from Twelve Lithographs for Six Poems by Dylan Thomas). Ceri Richards. 1965.

Medusa Marinara

Brazilian artist Vik Muniz is famous for using materials such as chocolate sauce, sugar, dirt, and cotton wool to create fleeting images which live on in the photographs he takes. In Medusa Plate he re-creates Caravaggio’s Medusa, rendered in pasta marinara. He describes himself as an alchemist who makes visual magic out of the mundane.

Untitled (Medusa Plate). Vik Muniz. 1999.

Untitled (Medusa Plate). Vik Muniz. 1999.

Medusa. Caravaggio.

Medusa. Caravaggio. 1597.

Accidental Drawings

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Remind you of anything?

These are sketches of the shapes and patterns created by my hair on the walls of the shower.
OK, it’s a bit strange, but I love the way they look on the white ceramic tiles, the way the thin, crisp lines create accidental “drawings”. I imagine them in bright colours and they remind me of Miró paintings and Calder sculptures. I look at them like clouds in the sky, searching for hidden forms. Sometimes I move them around and see new shapes forming. For me it’s a great starting point for developing ideas. Who would have thought washing your hair could lead to so much fun?

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