The tendency for women artists to be overshadowed by their male partners was particularly fraught for Surrealists. — Leonora Carrington, 2000.

34r567Leonora Carrington, The Giantess (The Guardian of the Egg), 120 x 69.2cm, 1947.

At the forefront of Surrealism’s feminist approach is Leonora Carrington, Surrealism’s hidden and forgotten monarch.

Born into a wealthy British textile merchant family, Carrington was at the forefront of…

Caravaggio, Saint Jerome Writing, oil on canvas, 112 cm × 157 cm, c. 1605–06.

Roland Barthes famously noted in his 1967 essay “The Death of The Author” that:

the birth of the reader must be at the cost of the death of the author

Dramatic, perhaps, in today’s less dramatic, 140-characters discourse.

Photo credits: @yesnodunno.

But what does it really mean?

A common misconception, or rather, a misplaced query often posed by audiences when viewing art, that works of creation can be sufficiently taken apart and understood in absolutism, or even dissected for a complete understanding of the artist’s intentions.

I’ve heard many a variation…

Xu Zhen’s Eternity-Buddha in Nirvana, the Dying Gaul, Farnese Hercules, Night, Day, Sartyr and Bacchante, Funerary Genius, Achilles, Persian Soldier Fighting, Dancing Faun, Crouching Aphrodite, Narcissus Lying, Othryades the Spartan Dying, the Fall of Icarus, A River, Milo of Croton. Photo by yesnodunno taken at the National Gallery of Victoria.

In the age of information systems — where we are imbued into the matrix of computing — art is revolutionised.

Baudrillard-ian theories of a world dominated by mass media, images, signs, and any other simulacra is no longer a philosophical study of a potential future, but rather realism embodied.


Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

A while ago, I experienced a quick fit of rage when reading a particularly distasteful piece of work, written haphazardly and with little regard for logic, respect, or civility.

While intoxicated on post-vaccine chills and a sore arm, I proceeded to nitpick at every fault I could find, harnessing within…


Not Tristram Shandy

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