Mummy Portrait of a Man

Image courtesy of the Chicago Art Institute

This mummy portrait was found in Fayum, Egypt (as were many others), and dates back to the second century A.D. It belongs to the collection of the Chicago Art Institute but isn’t currently on display.

Mummy portraits start showing up in Egypt by the Roman period. It’s a trend that lasts about 200 years. These portraits, as you may have already guessed, were included in the mummy of people. Studies were done to evaluate how realistic they were, using techniques of facial surgery, and it turns out that these portraits are generally quite accurate in their depictions.

Usually, these portraits were painted on wooden boards using pigments, wax, and gold leaf. Some of them can be dated by the hairstyles of fashion and jewelry represented on them (because typology is awesome like that).

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Two Crabs

Image courtesy of the National Gallery

So today I’m sharing my favorite Van Gogh painting. Two crabs, 1889. It’s displayed in the National Gallery in London right next to the super famous Sunflowers, which I think is a shame because it gets overlooked a lot. There’s usually a huddle of tourists trying to look at the Sunflowers hiding it. So if you do happen to visit the National gallery don’t miss out on it.

And now a bit of the history behind this painting. It is believed that Van Gogh was inspired by a woodcut by Hokusai  that he saw in a book his brother sent him the same year this painting was made. This isn’t the only crab painting by Van Gogh, there is another one in the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam but I didn’t get a chance to see that one in real life yet.

Chocolate Flowers

Image courtesy of Savour

So I don’t know exactly who made these crazy amazing chocolate flowers; but I know that it’s someone from Savour school and that you can learn to make them (provided you live in Australia and are very rich).

I know this sounds like a promotional post but it isn’t. I found their account through instagram and what they do looks amazing. If you’re really into it they even have online classes. Anyway if you’d like to check it out here is their website.

The Serpentine Pavilion 2015

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If you’re in London and have nothing to do this weekend I highly suggest you go see the Serpentine pavilion, which is on until tomorrow. This year, it is designed by the architectural firm Selgascano and I think they did an amazing job. Really, my pictures don’t do it justice.

I was a little unsure as to how to categorize this post; but I ended up putting it in Walking Across because visiting the pavilion was an experience rather than a passive visit. It is relatively small but I spent quite a long time there, they have a small cafe set up inside so I sat and colored a whole mandala there. It was a nice feeling to be making art inside the art.

I think pictures are going to convey the feel of it better than words so I’m going to let you scroll through them (and spot me in the selfie!). Can’t wait to see next year’s pavilion now.

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Elusive Electricity

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I discovered Lebanese artist Ayah Bdeir while compiling a database of Lebanese artists at work. She mixes art an technology in a really cool way and you can check out her work here.

This neon cable installation created in 2011 in collaboration with Hitumi Nanayakkara and Bassam Jalgha spells out “Ejet Ejet”, which translates to “It Came, It Came” in Arabic. This sentence refers to the shortage of electricity in Lebanon. People are often asking if the electricity “came”. What is even cooler about this installation is that it dims as you get closer to it, and eventually turns off. I find it admirable that Ayah Bdeir managed to capture such an important concept of the Lebanese society in such a simple installation. Less is more I guess.

Untitled Series by AmourAmelia

All images courtesy of AmourAmelia

This set was created in November 2014 by a young photographer who goes by the name of AmourAmelia.I particularly like the fact that these photos are portraits and landscapes at the same time. It gives them quite a strong identity. Otherwise, I think she has really good editing skills and is worth checking out (click here for her website).

Edward Scissorhands

Image courtesy of Brent Noll

To continue Halloween month in style, I chose to display this drawing of Edward Scissorhands drawn by Tim Burton himself. I did dress up as this character for Halloween once and it is one of my favorite movies, so I didn’t really hesitate to pick a Tim Burton drawing. Speaking of which, you can look at some of them on his website over here.

Alluring Siren | Spooky to Surreal Exhibtion

Image courtesy of Lookbook.nu

Apologies for the less frequent posting but as you may know I’m working now and it’s been quite busy this week.

The good news is it’s October which means Halloween month, and I decided to have a special exhibition to celebrate my favorite holiday. Spooky to Surreal will be about all things strange and out of place, and the first entry in this exhibit is an actual Halloween costume. This look was created by Maane Ulv as a contest entry for the Lookbook x Blackmilk Halloween contest in 2013.

Three links are worth checking out if you’re interested: