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my eyes are burning

Today I was really in the mood to do some research. I quickly realized that I really miss libraries, because looking things up online can be overwhelming. I find myself opening up 20+ tabs about a topic and get lost for a few hours, which can be a good thing but in this case my eyes were getting sore after a few scrolls.

Here are some interesting things I read/looked at/found today:

Jonathan Monk Incomplete Open Paperclip I, 2006


Screenshot from Lessons We Can Learn From Barbara Hepworth excerpt from Art Talk: Conversations with 15 Women Artists by Cindy Nemser

I have to write a thesis next year and have been doing some research on some things that interest me. I've always been intrigued by the development of women artists in the art world. I think this is an interesting statement.


Otto & Peggy Holbein, hosing of excess dye from the batiks

I love the colors in this image. Next to drawing and sculpture/objects I'm also interested in textiles. I get a lot of inspiration from looking at different styles and techniques. I'd love to delve deeper into this subject.


I've been reading about Bauhaus today and how the women in the textile department experimented with all the techniques.

I enjoy seeing other artists' studios and how they work, I think it can be very motivational and thought-provoking.


I read this interview with Helen Marten, an artist who's work I just discovered. I should say that I was very intrigued by her work but especially by her way of talking about it. I find it very hard to talk about my own practice so for me it can be helpful to understand my own work by reading other artists' words.


I'd like to finish this off with this lovely vase by Claudia Rankin. I love looking at nice ceramics and when life is back to "normal" I hope to try it out myself sometime.

As you can see I have a wide scheme of interests but I don't particularly think that is a bad thing. I very much enjoy looking at different things when it comes to getting inspiration for my own practice or even just for fun. I hope you found this nice to read and I expect you back here tomorrow to look at some new pieces I'm working on.

xoxo Safa

(disclaimer: I do not own any of these images)

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