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Stunning Mediterranean Sculpture Pottery by Shayne Greco

American artist Shayne Greco creates stunning handmade ceramics, which pay homage to the beauty of the Mediterranean sea and its creatures. Earthy and rustic, each creation is a surreal example of the entity of each oceanic figure. Greco beautifully depicts the critters’ complete invasion of ceramic goods, including vases, plates, sinks, and candle holders, among others; as their tentacles, legs and alienesque exoskeletons seize the space.

Composed of clay, kiln, fire, fired, and stoneware, each sculpture is a functional decorative piece and homeware object. Placed on a ceramic white plate, each sea critter is given an antiquated look, which accentuates the sandy feel and texture of the beach and its natural color. Inspired by vintage majolica palsy style plates, each animal is a 3D representation and extension of each sculpture. Their character and life movements are impressively portrayed in a lifeless sculpture.

As his favorite muse, every inch of the octopus is sculpted beautifully. Known for their obscurity, and symmetrical beauty, Greco skillfully captures the complexity of the invertebrate’s fascinating tentacles and its suction cups.

A creature with a relatively short life expectancy, lasting for as little as six months, Greco immortalizes the beauty of the wild sea animal in a range of pottery work. A graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Greco insists in the liberty his high school art teachers allowed him to create. The surreal sensibility of his work is a development of his creativity. Although each piece may contain a 3D sensibility, its elegance stands. The shabby, but sophisticated appearance is a mindful reflection of the sea. You can find his collection in his Etsy shop

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Orchids in Hanging Basket

Kim Gyujin

Early 20th century

A founding member of the Calligraphy and Painting Association (seohwa hyeophoe, established in 1918), Kim Gyujin was a recognized calligrapher and literati artist. He studied ink painting and calligraphy for a decade in China, having traveled there at age eighteen, and learned photography in Japan in 1907. In 1920 Kim and other notable artists received a royal commission to decorate the buildings of the Changdeok Palace complex, for which he completed two polychrome wall paintings.

This image of orchids puts a slight twist on the traditional literati subject. Typically, an ink painting of orchids depicts the delicate flowers sprouting from rocks—the blossoms associated with winter and, like bamboo (see the scroll displayed at left), symbolic of the ideal Confucian scholar-gentleman. Here the orchids are placed in a domesticated setting, tumbling out of a woven basket, which tilts rather precariously at a diagonal. Balancing the downward movement of the orchids are three quatrains of verse at the top left corner about ancient Chinese poems on the beauty of orchid, followed by the artist’s signature and seals. The seal at bottom right of the scroll belonged to his son, indicating that this work had been in the family’s collection.

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Idris Elba and Taraji P Henson casting news suggests #OscarsSoWhite effect
New projects for black actors suggest that the negative response to Academy racism might have had a positive impact on the industry
By Benjamin Lee

New casting announcements for Idris Elba, Taraji P Henson and Lupita Nyong’o suggest that the ongoing furore over alleged racism within the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is having a positive impact on the industry.

Elba is currently in talks to take on the lead in romantic drama Mountains Between Us, a role that was originally written as white in the source novel. His Pacific Rim co-star Charlie Hunnam was originally earmarked for the part. The film centres on two strangers who are involved in a devastating plane crash.

If he signs on, it will be a notable piece of colourblind casting and continue his ascent towards the A-list. The actor will be seen this year in action thriller Bastille Day, British drama A Hundred Streets and sci-fi sequel Star Trek Beyond, as well as heard in animated films Zootropolis and Finding Dory.

It’s not the first piece of colourblind casting for the actor. He’s also been circling a role in an adaptation of Stephen King’s adventure The Dark Tower, originally written as white. Elba’s absence from the best supporting actor category at this year’s Oscars for his role in war drama Beasts of No Nation was seen as a notable snub.

The casting news arrives at the same time as word of a new project to star Elba’s No Good Deed co-star, Taraji P Henson. She’s set to play mathematics genius Katherine Johnson in Hidden Figures, the true story of three African American women who were the brains behind the launch of an astronaut and his return home.

Biopics centred around important African American women from history are a rarity with most recent attempts heading to the small screen, such as Queen Latifah’s SAG-winning turn in Bessie, a drama about blues singer Bessie Smith.

Henson, who was Oscar nominated for her role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, has recently found work on the small screen as the star of the hit music drama Empire. She recently won a Golden Globe for her performance.

Earlier this week also saw news that Selma director Ava DuVernay was attached to Intelligent Life, a sci-fi thriller set to headline Lupita Nyong’o. The role would be Nyong’o’s first visible role since winning the best supporting actress Oscar for 12 Years a Slave in 2014. Her role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was motion-capture and her next on-screen performance will be a voice role in The Jungle Book.

It will also be the most high-profile project from an African American female director since DuVernay’s last film, Selma.

The announcement of an all-white set of Oscar acting nominees, for the second year running, has led to the Academy putting together a new set of changes that will increase the diversity of their members.

inbarfink asked:

Recently, it was mentioned that Hindus wear white when mourning. I have a character who's of indian decent - her immediate family is rather secular, althought she has more religious relatives (including her grandparents) - so she still feels a connection to hinduism. Would it be normal of her to wear white westren clothes (or a white version of her superhero outfit, since it's a superhero story) - rather then black ones, while attending a funeral\ a memorial event for her fallen friends?

Hindu and White Western Clothes for Funeral

Follow up from Hindus Wearing White for Mourning

White western clothes seems a little weird to me.  If it’s a dress, it feels like she’s dressed for a wedding rather than a funeral, and if it’s a suit, I’m just getting shades of Elton John from that (maybe i’m showing my age already).  A white version of her superhero outfit could be okay, if there’s a way to tone it down so that the focus in the room still falls on the deceased rather than on her.

There are other ways she could show her connection to her culture in this context.  I come from a background similar to what you’re imagining here—fairly to very secular immediate family, although my one remaining grandmother is very religious and getting more so with age.  When my grandfather (her husband) died, I believe she wore white for some time afterward and then eventually went back to dressing normally, though has refrained from wearing bright colors since.  Meanwhile, I had my dad’s funeral recently, and wore jeans, a T-shirt and a black sweater, and a leather jacket.  Not a shred of white in sight.  But, under all that, I was wearing my yajñopavītam or pūṇūl, the sacred thread that certain Hindus wear after their religious initiation.  I never wear this.  It usually sits on my bookshelf, but in this instance, wearing it seemed appropriate, not for any religious or ritualistic purpose, but for the familial/cultural connection.  Historically, wearing this thread was a practice limited to upper-caste men but recently it’s been more opened to women and all castes as well, so it might be conceivable that your character could have one.

So there are a number of ways to show her cultural connection in a funereal context, from things to wear (sometimes women who normally dress in western clothes will wear not-bright-colored sari to a funeral, since it’s a formal occasion), to actions, such as placing flowers on the body (or before a picture of the deceased if the body’s not there).  Overall, though, secular Hindus tend not to make a big deal about funerals, unless it’s for a family member or maybe a very close friend.

-Mod Nikhil