Problems with primates

As I tidy my house (which is a fairly rare occurrence), I found a third drawing of the taxidermy cases of Ipswich Museum from back in 2017. It was meant to be part III of the blog series (parts I and II links). Being the solidly organised person that I am, I had mislaid this drawing, and have deleted all associated pictures of the museum too. So, just enjoy what could have been, including a particularly worried looking brindle nail tailed wallaby and smug serval. However, in this same week, the Museum of Zoology in Cambridge is finally reopening fully. And has preserved some of its marvellous taxidermy on display. Primates seem to be particularly troublesome, as we look to the face for a hin

All white cast (almost)

As part of a couple of days working with the Museum Detox/Museum Remix teams, I finally made a visit to the Museum of Classical Archaeology (MOCA), which I think finally completes my full monopoly set of University of Cambridge Museums (UCM). It is a museum with many problems in this context, but they are obviously keen to fix issues of whiteness and colonial messages. Already they have a LGBT+Q trail, which I noticed just as a browser by a lovely pink information panel on Pedaerasty. Meanwhile it has an amusing range of statues, sometimes caught in compromising situations or suddenly missing limbs and chins. This echoed back to the Fitzwilliam porcelain and ceramics collection (the bit I wa

What is art for?

So this week, month, and some of this year, and years before, I have been contemplating art. In a classic photographic text, I came across a statement of three questions to think about when contemplating a photograph, which can apply to any piece of art: What has the artist done? What was the artist trying to achieve? Was it worth it? The first is a straightforward description of what you see. The second, an analysis of what you think it means. The third...? That third point is a real kick in the nuts.* Let's take an example: Damien Hirst has (paid some people who) stuffed a shark in formaldehyde and put it in a gallery. He titled it "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someon

Help a starving artist

Quick blog post to say things are for sale. Specifically, a first opportunity to see and buy four limited edition images from my Osteology series at the Taboo show in the Worker's Gallery in Ynyshir, Wales from 7th June till 4th August 2018. Also, in a new effort to buy non-essentials like food and cat biscuits, I'm putting together some framed prints and things to sell through an Etsy shop. Not just skeletons, but new, improved Haunted pictures all nicely mounted and framed, ready to pop in the post. Of course, you can also contact me directly as I have bundles of other stock that I haven't photographed and listed, as well as books of my collected works for sale! So... help a starving artis