Swansea is my home, it’s a place of beauty, craziness, difference, comedy, love and compassion.
How to be in gallery can often be an invisible barrier to entering them, should I glance at each work with appreciation, how long is enough to stop and stare, how much do they cost? will I feel welcomed?
Here’s a beautiful video from the TATE’s disABILITY program sharing artists interpretations of the works on show through dance.
You’ve taken my mental health from me, my freedom.
You came in the night like a parasite.
Your remnants is left like damp in the walls.
Silently lingering when I think you’ve moved on, you return by crippling my body, taking away my basic human rights.
You taught me the importance of life and not to take the simplest of things for granted.
But when you chose me to harvest, you entangled my soul into your forest.
You have consumed my every waking hour and now its time to leave, the curtain has be drawn and seats folded.
Its time to leave because your not wanted here.
I will grow strong again, stronger than your intoxicating hour.
My body is mine not taken by your power.
I am a mountain.
I am all the minutes in an hour.
I will look back and remember each of these god damn waking hours.
I stand tall like a soldier not ready to fall but a witness to this world wide historical fall.
Come with me and you will see the rainbows through the tall staggering towers.
We maybe small but we shall never fall.
By Sheree Murphy June 2020
A Portrait of Our Nation 2020 – this is an outstanding collection of photographs taken in the UK when Corona Virus first came to our shores.
The collection as been put together at The National Portrait Gallery London
I am reading She Said, I thought I’d share with you an extract from the book that really resonated with me, especially a collection of work I produced 20 years ago called ‘Being A girl’ 2000.
Actress Marisa Tomei shared a theory: Actresses and the public were stuck in a cycle of mutual misperception. From very young ages, girls were taught to admire and model themselves on the fantasy women onscreen. That made many of them want to become actresses themselves.The lucky ones who made it could never really describe the harassment or the punishing physical standards; that would be self-sabotage. So cycle continued, with the next generation of girls growing up with Hollywood dreams and little understanding that the industry could mistreat them too.
She Said by Jodi cantor and Megan Twohey P.29
‘Being A girl’ transcended these aspirations, aspiring to a fake and fictional role that only consumed and stunted. We warn women not to walk alone at night and start from an early age to share stories of ‘little Red Riding Hood’ to fear the wolf that lurks there.
Harassment often happens when we least expect it by those we trust.
But at least now voices are coming forward and speaking up through platforms that reach audiences. Twitter has got its advantages.
This week, the European Union of Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) panel said it ruled against the artist because he could not be identified as the unquestionable owner of such works because (his) identity remained hidden.
The case was in regards to the copy right of a gift card company using Banksy’s ‘Flower Thrower’ image.
“Banksy has chosen to remain anonymous and, for the most part, to paint graffiti on other people’s property without their permission, rather than to paint it on canvases or his own property,” the panel said.
The white cubed space of a gallery is not the love affair of art and artists alike. This white cube is often dominated by the minority who dictate what art is worthy enough to go on its walls, which often goes unchallenged. So as many artists find this environment competitive, nepotistic and straight down the line unchallenging and boring for the life of a piece of art work, some artists choose for their works to be a part of communities where engagement is by all of society, not the few.
With regards to Banksy I am looking forward to his next piece of work.