|This piece was created and completed in a day by the talented Birmingham artist 'Sweaty Eskimo'. It celebrates the cities culture and heritage.|
Maybe I should explain the title of my last blog post? 'La de dah... I'm a lady'. Sitting in the Edwardian Tea Rooms at The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, gave me delusions of grandeur and instantly made me think of this character, Emily Howard.
I am really pleased reading comments under my last post that I am tempting some of you to possibly visit Birmingham. You could read my Blog Posts with a Brummie accent and you would get some idea of how I sound. I do not have a strong Brummie accent, but if I stray from the Midlands people ask if I am a Brummie. There are regional accents and dialects within the Midlands, in the Midlands I would not be classed as having a Brummie accent. We all speak English, but you have trouble understanding some of the regional twangs. From town to town the accent and dialects differ.
I wanted to share and ask you about some of the 'art' that I saw. I did ask which bits I could photograph, I don't like getting told off especially in public places!
Photographing paintings in a hurry is a bit rubbish, but you get the idea. This is my favourite painting ever. 'The Blind Girl' by John Everett Millais (1856). I think everything about this painting is beautiful. (Sorry the photograph does not do the painting justice at all).
Looking at paintings by Lowry, remind me of this song released in 1977 in his memory. The song got to number 1, in the UK and I remember singing along to it as a child. (A small child, I would hasten to add)!
or this one.
I do not know the name of the artists for these pieces and I am worried I could cause offence with my ignorance, but come on now? What makes these masterpieces? Then you question the very basics, what is art? I think it would be quite funny to have a little hidden camera behind these pieces to capture people's puzzled expressions and to hear their opinions. I know my face must be a picture when I am standing in front of these trying to work them out. On the optimistic side, I am pretty sure I could churn out 'art' like this myself! Just a few splodges and squiggles... Bob's your uncle. The first time I took my youngest son to the gallery he stood in front of these and loudly exclaimed 'These are rubbish'! The makings of an art critic. The stupid thing is...since Saturday, I have been thinking about and pondering about these pieces and I think in spite of myself they may be growing on me. I am glad I photographed these to look at in the comfort of my own home.
Two of the temporary exhibitions you could not photograph. 'True to Life?' New Photography from the Middle East, was fascinating and very moving, the portrayal of modern Middle Eastern women particularly struck a chord with me.
Then the exhibition 'Symmetry in Sculpture' by Zarah Hussain is amazing.
Search on Google images for 'Zarah Hussain' and you will get a kaleidoscopic feast for the eyes. I would really like to play with yarn and crochet to explore Zarah Hussain's work. I am adding 'Geometric Crochet' to my list of things to do. A Zarah Hussain inspired Bedspread or wall hanging would be awesome. I maybe 112 years old, before I completed it though.
Thank you as always for reading. Well done if you made it to the end of the post. Life resumes as normal again round these parts for a while. The delusions of grandeur bubble has burst, it was a lovely bit of escapism though. I will be back to writing about 'normal' stuff like 'crochet fungi' soon. xxx