Catherine Jacobi: Things of This World

Catherine Jacobi’s Things of This World is a breath of fresh air; a well-received Sunday afternoon reading poetry, an evening at the museum visiting familiar pieces you have had a yearning to see. Influenced by Richard Wilbur’s following comment about writing poetry, Catherine focuses on everyday objects and making poetry. ‘I do think it’s almost always true…

The Colourful, Consuming Art of Katharina Grosse

Katharina Grosse’s art is huge, colourful, consuming, and just entrancing.  The German-born artist who deals primarily with bright, sprayed-on acrylics creates large-scale, often room sized, landscape-esque environments of colour. Grosse’s focus is the overwhelming dynamic between being so small in such a big world, and how we can choose to just be part of it or to observe it.…

Toothsome Sentiment

BY EMILY CATRICE / Valentine’s Day tends to be a controversial (non) holiday to say the least. Regardless of relationship status, mixed feelings fly, largely depending on one’s goodwill towards greeting card companies. Though as Cupid would have it, there’s a chunk of contemporary art history that has a little something for everyone; if you’re…

Up Early

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa… And just sometimes, my reality has mornings and daylight. It’s filled with fallen leaves, purple mist, endless pink grass, tea, long walks, books, imaginary worlds and gentle love. The world is what you   make of it. Text and photography by Elsa Bleda @elsableda

Maria, Maria

Maria Primachenko was born on 12 January 1908, in a small village known today as Bolotnya, Ukraine. She began creating pictures as a young girl, soaking up the customs, dress and legends intrinsic to her rural world, injecting them with imagination and spilling them out in giddy gouache colours onto paper and canvas. Throughout her…

Forever Louise

The French-American maîtresse of confessional art, Louise Bourgeois, was born on Christmas Day 1911. Of her own inconveniently timed birth she said, “I was a pain in the ass when I was born. All these people had their oysters and champagne, and there I came. My mother was very apologetic and the doctor said, ‘Madame Bourgeois, really,…

Ladies of Surrealism

These days there are lots of art shows, all around the globe, that are seriously considering the profiles of women who have effectively contributed to art history, not only as muses or lovers of male geniuses, but as creators of new, fascinating, self-supporting pieces of art worthy of study. Following this trend, the Galeria Mayoral in Barcelona…