Tuesday, 21 April 2015


A full day at Camberwell on the MA Book Arts – discussing work within a day long crit is always exciting with many starting points and directions discussed was a way of moving the work along for the students flowing back into one’s head which is always very full at the end of the day. We covered lots of ideas – the sound of sadness, books of space to travel within space, the language of stitch, book as tool, hidden narratives within the everyday, emotional colours and Wabi Sabi to name a few. The year is slowly moving mercilessly towards the final show (time does that). After that I managed a visit to Tate Modern to catch up with Marlene Dumas http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/marlene-dumas-image-burden and Sonia Delaunay http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/ey-exhibition-sonia-delaunay The Dumas was all deeply sad tonal pools of misery – quite marvellous – her handling of the paint is tragically controlled within the illusion of freedom. I was moved by the quotes on the wall in the galleries - used as an introduction or contextualisation – especially the room with the paintings of her daughter and the room of ‘war’ images – “the first mark is the worst, the drawing of a line cuts the paper in two, the drawing of maps and borders turn neighbours into foreigners. This really defines the tone of the show. With the Delaunay the work seemed right for ‘applied arts’ I was taken in by the book cover designs and especially the textile work. The strikingly modern designs within the work books, samples of printed cloth and the oddly mannered posed film showing several garments were the highlights for me.