Category Archives: Art/Craft

The work of Spanish artist José Manuel Ballester – familiar old canvases with the humans removed – newly apposite in the current climate. 

(Above (from top): Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” (1498); Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” (c.1486); Francisco Goya’s “The Third of May 1808” (1814); Jan Vermeer’s “The Allegory of Painting” (1668); Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica” (1937);  Diego Velázquez’s “Las Meninas” (1656)  and Théodore Géricault’s “The Raft of Medusa” (1819)



The work of Irish visual artist Threadstories – full-face, fringed and knotted, crocheted headpieces, the notion of which she sez:

…is questioning how the erosion of personal privacy in the digital age shapes how we view and portray ourselves online. The masks deny the viewer the full story of who the sitter is, echoing the curated or false personas we view online daily. My masks are photographed against a sanitised white square. I know there is often chaos, mess and noise just beyond the margins of that photograph, but the messiness of life doesn’t make the edit for social media..

Fair enough.

More here.


Single sheets of watercolour paper dextrously folded into facial profiles by Polly Verity. It’s all about the ‘curved folds’, sez she:

I tried to fold along the profile of a face, and I realized that I could tweak the paper on either side just very slightly and ease curves out to give volume and form. When I tried the same technique in watercolour paper, I suddenly had micro-control over the resulting curved forms and they became soft and sensual. So each face goes on to inform the next and they have become a sort of series.