Tuesday, 27 September 2011

MA Show at the Herbert

Visited The Herbert Museum & Art Gallery in Coventry yesterday to have a look at the MA Contemporary art show there - entitled Happy Ever After (what a great place to have your show - pity we haven't got somewhere like that in Solihull for our degree show).  Went primarily to see Katie Watkins work (2010 BA graduate from Solihull College).  Her work was based on the fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood which she called Little Red Womanhood and centred on the symbolic representation of menstruation and womanhood.  Loved the stitching on the dress which she had embroidered to look like a patch of menstrual blood which had leaked through.  Very strong imagery and quite shocking.  Not sure I could have done that as I would have worried about being embarassed in front of my male friends and relatives at the private view but I suppose I need to get over that if I am to be a successful artist.  Tracey Emin doesn't worry about that kind of thing after all.
Rest of the show was very film based.  Call me old fashioned but I really am not inspired by film work and I know I should be but just can't get excited about it.  I prefer something more tangible.

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