Month: April, 2015



My portrait made by a super talented sister in The Yellow Cafe at Kew Gardens


Lying down on the warm grass with the two new arrivals and their family this fine morning..


..And looking out at the Cape Ferry on the big blue sea


Never judge a book by its cover




Flying Carpets

El Topo

The Ideology of Alejandro Jodorowsky

“My films do not change in meaning for me, because I never give them meaning. They are not political or religious pamphlets, they are art. And art is like God: more unthinkable than anything you can say. My films are like clouds: their meaning keeps changing every minute.”

“We hate change. The re-evolutionary mind of true artists, overcoming this fetid inertia, escapes from the moulds and is delivered to the expansion of consciousness. Clearly spiritual freedom in a world of slaves and eunuchs demonstrates itself by means of artworks, causing scandals. Being essentially a creator, I never set out to shock, always thinking about creating my work and not about the benefits it could produce.”

“My films, despite being nearly half a century old, are seen by an audience of young idealists, world-weary of the enslavement forced upon them since birth. My ideal audience is on the young side, eager to mutate and move to a higher level of consciousness. I want my images to turn the viewer’s brain into what it is: a flying carpet.”

More highlights from London


Jacques de la Villeglé


Street Art @ Brick Lane

Street Art @ Brick Lane




Richter at Tate Britain


Night Lights in London


View from London Bridge

Leaving Dumas.. The trees outside Tate Modern..

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Marlene Dumas at Tate Modern


Last week i went to London and saw an exhibition of one of the most prominent painters working today.. Marlene Dumas..

I found her work very inspiring..

Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden



“I am the third person

observing the bad marriage

between art and life

watching the pose and the slip

seeing the end in the beginning

MD ‘Couples’ 1990

The intense, psychologically charged works of Marlene Dumas explore themes of sexuality, love, death and shame, often referencing art history, popular culture and current affairs. Dumas never paints directly from life, instead choosing to use pre-existing images for her source material. Yet despite working at a time dominated by the digital image and mass media, she cherishes the physicality of the human touch and the potency of painting.

One of my favourites: Evil Is Banal, 1984

Marlene Dumas Evil is Banal 1984

I love the contrasts in this one, with the white and black, and the subtle blue tones: The Widow, 2013

Marlene Dumas The Widow 2013

“Drawing is closer to whispering into someone’s ear, while painting is more like the ear itself. It contains all that has ever entered there. It listens more than it speaks. It throws speech into the dark. Painting is not speechless. It overflows. It is a drunken mermaid’s song.”

“Portraiture for Dumas is not simply about capturing likeness, but becomes a means of exploring political questions.”

 “My best works are erotic displays of mental confusions (with intrusions of irrelevant information).                           ‘The Eyes of the Night Creatures’, ’85

Book Run Over by a Car (Dedicated to Jonathan) 1975

‘Don’t Talk to Strangers’

“Art is a way of talking to strangers.”

Flying Shadows

Flying shadows over a moon

Sleepless land

Claire De Le Lun

Honey beetroot

flowering wild

Smells of gorse,

Cedar left behind

Lunch Hour Poem-to-Go

Really enjoyed this ‘Lunch Hour Poem-to-Go session’ with Poet in Residence, Afric McGlinchey…

Tuesdays 1:00pm – 2:00pm, free of charge, drop-in

Had great fun playing around with words and learnt some helpful tips to go about writing a poem. This is what i came out with –

Working Out Riddles

Who’s not my mother?

Opened and felt

a card

Paintings of humous

soaked on an envelope

Cycled a ferry with saoirse

lake thumped uisce

fighting brave

on stage

hissing heroes

The Poetry Project II

This is a very interesting video and set in a location familiar to me. I love how, in one of the shots, the girl plays like a seal on the rock. I also like the floating scene.. Eight Gallery informed me of the thoughts behind this piece: “Kevin Gaffney and Sally-Anne Kelly have been collaborating on films and photography since 2009. Their work for this exhibition, The Moonless Ocean, is a short film exploring the presentation and manipulation of the self. The characters, masked in the likeness of their own faces and bodies, are fragments of the self, bound by the limits of their own transformation. Actively pursuing a transcendence of the self often has a performative and ritualistic element, and the characters are seen repeatedly simulating each other’s actions in an incessant search for, or an attempt to erase, something unseen. Baths, pools and the sea act as motifs in which the psychology of the characters becomes physicalized. The title posits another physical existence, where the power of the moon over the ocean does not exist, acting as a reflection of the character’s state of entropy.”

I would like to read more of Dairena Ní Chinnéide’s poetry..

The Poetry Project

This is a great site for video art and poetry. I like this piece, called ‘Torch’, by Niamh O’Malley, which accompanies the poem, ‘An Fluntern Cemetery’ by Philip McDonagh. They both work very well together. The video, being somewhat mysterious and illusory, continues to intrigue the viewer with the moving torch light, while the reader speaks almost hypnotically, allowing plenty of space for the listener to reflect.

I found a catalogue from the ‘Living Landscape , Ireland and Catalunya-Spain’ exhibition and symposium that took place in West Cork in 2005. Niamh O’Malley was one of the artists involved in this project. “She is a visual artist whose practice includes an investigation into the fabricated nature of the viewing experience. She is interested in the distance from the source image to a spectacle and the deliberate manufacture and inherent disappointment of illusions.”

I learn that, between 1994 and 1999, Philip McDonagh worked at the Irish Embassy in London where he helped to develop the Peace Process, he has been Irish Ambassador to India, and is currently Irish Ambassador to Russia.