In response to Seeing how it feels: What an incredible project… There is something about faces and the subtlest elements therein that resonate in profound ways. That’s why we can read faces in the simplest abstractions…
I find the thought that facial expressions could transcend culture and socialization is fascinating. Or from what little I’ve read of Paul Ekman’s research into faces. This is an excerpt from a Malcolm Gladwell article ’Can you read people’s thoughts just by looking at them?’ in the New Yorker:
Just a wee picture from outside Freud’s house in London. Nadja and I had a lovely rainy day visit poring over all of his many many antiquities and books. A very sophisticated hoarder of sorts. So many little figures and statuettes. They took up so much space on his desk that there was hardly any space left for his papers. It did remind me somewhat of being small and tucking all of my toys into the bed and then having no room left for myself and bedding down on the floor. I didn’t even really love or fear most of my toys, so I still don’t completely understand why I did this. Maybe just to create order. He used to greet some of them or touch different ones depending on the topics… maybe it was just how he remembered things. Instead of a mnemonic device, a tangible object representation… or a physical synesthesia linked not to his other senses but to his readings.
This is just a wee peak at a flyer for Hartwig’s new musical endeavour. It’s not set yet, but I just wanted to share it. This mere two-part pile pales in comparison to the stacks and stacks of amps and things of the soundsystems scattered around carnival. It is just a wee homage.
Lovely Ben is screenprinting up a poster series of the boxers… This is just a sneak peak of the first colour but I’m very excited at how well the pencil and paint transfer to a screenprint… and then there will be overprints and rich colours and all that jazz.
We went to Beachy Head yesterday. It was a delight. You can pick the mountains apart - bit by bit. And you can draw with everything on anything. Sea and sailboats and lots of pensioners and German exchange students to have cream tea with! Heaven.
This is just a little unused sneak peak from a project I just finished for a lovely new fashion start-up in new york. I have to admit I was quite chuffed with the lovely legs and arms on this mock-up that come from an old paper sculpture I made. Doesn’t she look chic? Even with her hint of a creepy ceramic face.
I’ve just gotten back from a lovely break in Sweden now with lots to get on with and a mild cold. Sounds about right. This lovely piece from illegal art nicely sums up and makes me excited to get on with things… I’m starting with posting here after a shamefully long absence.
I made a wee birthday animation for my sister’s 30th today. I just thought I would introduce you to the cast and crew here since I can’t seem to stop playing with them. Maybe I didn’t have enough interesting paper dolls as a kid. At least I finally found an outlet rather than it festering into some strange dark secret.
I meant to post this a while back… it’s a sneaky picture from the SKIN show at the Wellcome Collection right now. It’s two ladies in the 20’s using rubber masks to preserve their beauty in a really terrifying and oddly serene way. But the skin show is completely inspiring and at times revolting. I consider myself to have quite strong nerves (as long as I’m allowed to be uncontrollably tearing) and was impressed by the exhibits managing to be simultaneously fascinating and uncomfortable. Watching a doctor’s training video from the 60’s showing them shaving the skin off of a leg for a graft actually damn near made me lose it. Anyway, go see it if you can…. or check out what’s available online… I mentioned this to you Nadja, I think it’s right up your alley… and potential collaboration fuel.