Prior to my “New Year, New Me” resolutions, my friends would’ve probably described me as a serial napper. I just love to sleep ok? I was undoubtedly sleeping more than any normal person should need to, and I got into such a nocturnal pattern that the only assumption my flatmate could’ve made was that I was hibernating. Alas, that period of blissfully sleeping the months away was something I had to leave in 2015, but recently I’ve been legitimately struggling.
My days of late have been passing by torturously slowly as I’ve been holed up in my university library trying to understand how our brain’s work (fighting a losing battle). No matter how long I stay in that tedious place, I always seem to leave thoroughly drained, so much so, all I want to do when I get home is nap.
Today, however, instead of giving in to the magnetism of my bed, I texted my friend to meet me at the Saatchi Gallery in Sloane Square, London. What better than a dash of art to soothe a neuroscience induced headache?
Admittedly, it wasn’t my favourite exhibition that I have seen at the Saatchi, but there were some fascinating pieces that I wanted to share with you all! This next one was definitely the piece I was most drawn to, presumably because it’s the style that I adopted during high school. The series of large canvases were painted by artist Suzanne McClelland using dry pigment, gesso, oil paint and polymer. She stuck to a very monotone palette with injections of colour and text in confined areas. Textures accentuated the pieces most dramatically in the areas where gesso was used and allowed the oil paints to run into some very interesting patterns. Take a look for yourselves:
The exhibit, which has received a lot of negative reviews, was originally titled ‘A Woman’s Hand’ to aptly reflect the nature of the all female showcase. It was changed last minute to ‘Champagne Life’ under the guise of casting light on the perceived glamour of the art world. However, the more likely reason, was that the sponsor’s of the exhibit wanted to promote their Champagne company. In spite of this sneaky alteration, the artist’s hard work was not diminished as the exhibit was relatively full. The piece below took me a while to see, and may not look like much on first glance, however the negative space is created by means of origami! Created by Mademoiselle Maurice the canvas was covered in paint, sand, clay and of course, the mini origami flowers. Her website portfolio is seriously impressive, so click that link above & take a look.
Whilst these were intriguing and alluring, many of the chosen pieces fell flat with me and by the sounds of it, most art critics who reviewed the exhibit. For example, an entire room was dedicated to canvases that were, granted, skilfully painted, but the chosen colour scheme consisted of garish neons that hurt my eyes to look at. But on the whole, I enjoyed my afternoon of art at the Saatchi and will be back to see whatever they do next! Here’s the rest of the pictures that I took 🙂
HOW AMAZING IS THIS?! By Jelena Bulajic
Let me know your favourite piece! I hope you guys are seizing each day rather than sleeping it away 🙂