Black Forest

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Image courtesy of Kevin Ketkaew

I don’t even like black forest but this cake is so perfect I had to eat an entire croissant while writing this post. For those of you who don’t know, a back forest cake (or gateau if you’re British) consist of dark chocolate cake, kirsch, cherries, and whipped cream.

This one is a creation of Kevin Ketkaew (look for him on Facebook and Instagram), who makes relatively simple desserts but adds high aesthetic value to them.

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.

The Turban Field

Image courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.

This ink and gouache on prepared paper by Shahzia Sikander from 2005 is probably one of my favorite paintings ever. When I saw it at the MoMA, it stood out among all the super famous masterpieces. Sikander is an internationally established Pakistani artist, and you can check out more of her art on her website.

Cocotte

Image courtesy of Ladurée

Yes I very clearly am a dessert person. Maybe I’ll post something salty in 3 months. Anyway let’s get to the point. This consists of two pink velvet meringue cups, which are pretty much all you see in the picture filled with rose flavored millefeuille cream, rose poached pear and fresh raspberries. It was created by Antoine Ravary (check out his Instagram and die) for Ladurée on the occasion of Paris Design Week. If you want to try it, it’s only available at Bar Ladurée in Paris.

Untitled-Tara Donovan

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This monumental sculpture by Tara Donovan is composed of hundreds of Styrofoam cups glued on an aluminium structure. It is attached to the ceiling in one of the galleries of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This sculpture is interactive as it can be perceived differently according to the space it is in and the changing light. It is very reminiscent of natural processes, as the artist says that her art “tries to mimic the ways of nature”; but at the same time it is made of a non natural material, which provokes an interesting dialogue.

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Littledrill for J.Crew

Image courtesy of Littledrill

I discovered Shelby Edwards, aka Little Drill on Instagram. She doesn’t have a massive online presence so I can’t tell you much more about her. She photographs objects in bright color schemes and experiments with their aesthetics to reinterpret them. You can check out her website here but I suggest you follow her on Instagram over here.

Cypriot ‘Milk Bowl’

Image courtesy of the Fitzwilliam Museum

This type of bowl is commonly found across the Eastern Mediterranean during the Bronze Age (this particular example belongs to the collection of the Fitzwillian Museum and is dated to 1450-1200 BCE). They are decorated with a white slip and black painted geometric decoration.

The use of these bowls has often been the subject of speculations. At one point, it was widely believed that they were made to process yogurt but there is no actual evidence that this was the case. The name ‘milk bowl’ is progressively being dropped because it is misleading as the use of these bowls is still unknown. They were exported in quite large quantities, but we do not even know if it was for their contents or as the bowls themselves.

I think it is interesting that we have so little information about a type of object that can be found in many different archaeological museums all over the world and is generally this widespread. Also, it isn’t like there are no studies about these bowls; there is just no consensus that has been reached yet.

Mandala 6

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Here’s a mandala drawn by Nina Cobri that I colored in 2013.

I also want to say that I’ll be going to London for 10 days tomorrow, so the blog won’t be updated during this time. However, you can follow me on Instagram @museumandmusings and on Snapchat @lamia.sassine for live updates. Stay on the lookout for new posts, reviews and exhibitions coming soon and thank you for reading/following.