installation study

Mario Merz, Igloo, 1968


In art class, I made a face mask inspired by the beast from OTGW :D Because of how complicated he is, I had to go way beyond the actual task our teacher gave us, and my product ended up being pretty much the opposite of everyone else’s XD Plus I even got some of the guys from the installation and electrical studies to help me add the glowing eyes! XDD He is now hanging on the wall of my brothers room, mostly because I’m to scared to have him glowy-staring at me at night myself…. XDD But I’m still VERY proud of it! It’s heavy and can’t actually be used as a real mask, it’s a wall art statue :D Shout out if you want to know more about how I made him or if you want to make your own! :D


My first ever exhibition opens tomorrow, and I’m proud as hell of it.  Here are some photos.

Our installation was inspired by a Japanese woodblock print of two koi fish by the artist Rekizan, which you can see in the case.  Koi fish are symbols of strength, because they swim upstream against the current.  ‘Upstream’ serves as inspiration, encouragement, and a bit of fun for all the hard-working students and staff who spend their days in the Museum Studies building at my university.

Unfortunately, the Midlands endured some really heavy rain yesterday, and the roof at the top of the stairs sprung a leak.  So please excuse the buckets and wet floor signs.  We also had a video projecting onto the wall half-way up the stairs, but had to stop playing it because water and electricity are not friends.  Hopefully it will all be sorted for the opening tomorrow, though!

A Study in Suits: Series Three, His Last Vow

Here is my much belated final instalment of A Study in Suits! Previous posts in the Study in Suits series can be found here. The suits of the Empty Hearse can be found here, and Sign of Three can be found here.

His Last Vow gave us a lot of Mycroft, a lot of information to ponder, and many more suits to fawn over!

221b Baker Street

In this scene, he has just come running over to 221b, umbrella in hand, after receiving John’s phone call.

This could possibly become my favourite of Mycroft’s suits. The black and white check is nice enough, but the flush of pink running through the fabric is just lovely. The blue polka dot tie and matching pocketsquare are also wonderful.This suit is typical of Mycroft’s day-to-day city wardrobe, although certainly on the more dandified side. This isn’t something he would wear to a meeting, so it is likely he’s come from the Diogenes, or some other private location.

Mycroft’s Office, The Diogenes Club

The next time we see Mycroft is in Sherlock’s mind palace but, as the Mycroft of the mind palace seems to always wear the same suit, I think we’ll just move on to the next appearance.

In this scene, we find Mycroft hard at work in his secret office. Lestrade has come to get information regarding Sherlock and his various hiding places across London, but Mycroft barely glances up from his screen, which is focussed on a map of Poland and a mission codenamed ‘Ugly Duckling.’

The light in this scene is very subdued - Mycroft’s subterranean office is not well lit - so it is hard to make out the detail of this suit. It looks very much like the suit he wore to 221b in The Empty Hearse, here. If it is, it is clear that Mycroft tends to save his more stylish suits and showy ties for when he is working from his private office or relaxing in his club.

The Holmes House, Christmas

And here is series three giving me what I always wanted - more country wear! Mycroft is a traditional dresser - visiting his parents out in the country (that house does seem very rural), Mycroft has changed out of his city suits and into some tweed.I love the red windowpane check in the suit, and the blue silk back of that waistcoat is a thing of beauty. This suit is not the same one we saw when Mycroft was at home in Scandal, but the casual check shirt Mycroft is wearing - with the sleeves rolled up, no less! - is likely the same one.

For Mycroft, this is a very relaxed look. Although he still has his pocketwatch, and his tie and pocketsquare are still co-ordinated, his trousers d not match the rest of his suit. Instead, he looks to have opted for corduroys in a similar shade of green, in deference to the informal nature of Christmas dinner at his parents house. The rolled-up sleeves may even mean he was helping his mother with the cooking!

When we see Mycroft later in the evening, after being drugged by his brother, he has thrown on a red patterned scarf that it worth mentioning because it’s rather nice. And it is December, after all!

Unknown location, somewhere in the corridors of power

For his meeting with Lady Smallwood, in which he convinces her to spare his brother prison and send him on a dangerous mission for MI6 instead, Mycroft has returned to his pinstriped suit. The tie is new. The floral pattern is attractive, but the sombre grey fits the tone of the meeting.

As ever, this suit is armour. The charges being brought against his brother are serious and, in trying to help, Mycroft is accused of having “familial sentiment” by Sir Edwin. As ever, Mycroft hides behind the mask of the 'Ice Man’, a steady bureaucratic presence that makes decisions like these due to pragmatism and not compassion. This suit, a favourite for difficult situations, helps him do that.

The Airfield

In Mycroft’s last appearance until the next series, we see him escorting his brother on to a private plane.

The overcoat Mycroft is wearing is his Crombie, which was first seen in Pink, and then in Scandal. I’m pleased to see its return. What I am enjoying, though, is the pink patterned tie and pink checked shirt. An unusual choice for Mycroft, but one that goes very well with the royal blue scarf he is wearing in this scene. That is, by my count, three patterned scarves we have seen Mycroft in now - two in this episode and one in Scandal.

Although it is likely a few days after Mycroft had negotiated his brother’s mission, he is still wearing his pinstripe suit - a testament, perhaps, to how difficult he is finding the situation. Under the watchful gaze of the MI6 operatives, he cannot allow himself to say a proper goodbye to Sherlock. He has dressed the part of the proper government offical for good reason.

And that’s it. Mycroft is now off to his tailor, until Series Four. I live in hope of many more beautiful suits to come!

Park Service Construction Damaged Native American Burial Sites

Imagine being able to drive an all-terrain vehicle right up next to a sacred earthen Native American burial mound.

At Effigy Mounds National Monument, you can. Three million dollars worth of illegal construction projects went on for a decade at one of the nation’s most sacred Native American burial grounds in northeast Iowa. And it happened under the watch of the National Park Service.

The park didn’t do the proper archaeological studies before installing an intricate boardwalk system that now encircles ancient burial mounds that are shaped like bears and birds.

“I will not rest the rest of my days until all this junk is removed,” says Tim Mason, who used to work among these ancient Native American mounds. Read more.


Fiber Optic Ocean by Ozge Samanci

I am sweating I am so excited about this art installation. Oh my god. Artist Ozge Samanci visited The Field Museum last fall in order to 3D scan a few of our shark skeletons for this piece, which is a “data driven interactive installation that composes music.” 

Woven throughout and around the sharks, the cables represent human’s invasion into nature. In real time, the fiber optics transmit lighting and musical cues at rates based on the speed of live, GPS-tracked sharks throughout the world’s oceans. The blinking correlates with the speed at which we tweet as a global society, a “symbol of the ongoing conflict between nature and culture.” 

This is truly a beautiful, compelling, intelligent and poignant collaboration between museum science and installation art. I am in awe. 

Read more about Ozge’s work on Vimeo.

From Aalto to Zorn: Introducing the ultimate archive of the great masters of art

It has taken the better part of a year to put this together, but boy, has it been worth it. I am super pleased to present ‘The Masters’, an alphabetically-listed archive of all the artists featured on ArtMastered during its five year history. I have been through nearly 5,000 posts to get to the stage where all images are fully captioned and correctly sourced, so that they can be used in academic work. Clicking on a name will take you to the images, texts, quotes and exhibition reviews related to that particular artist. And yes, a number of names are currently a work in progress, but have faith!: an amazing project in February will rectify the situation, so watch this space.

Suggestions and comments are very welcome. I’d love to hear some of your favourite artists so that I can expand the list, though please bear in mind that I may have had to exclude certain names because of a lack of decent online images. That being said, if there are any really obvious artists missing, send me a message. A huge thank you in advance to anyone who ‘likes’ or shares this post; your support is very much appreciated. Let’s get this out there!


So here are some of the pictures I took while visiting the Eco Edo Nihonbashi art aquarium! One of the aquariums was a 3-D projection project that looked like a folding screen. The projection displayed a video of created images that slowly changed into the different seasons of the year. It was beautiful to watch.

Another aquarium showed a giant glass ball that represented the Earth. When you got up close, you could see the different countries etched into the glass. The globe would slowly rotate and water poured down over it from one side.

There is more I could say about the exhibition, but it would take all day. Everything was so beautiful to look at.


Day 37: Teheran Conference

“[W]e have concerted our plans for the destruction of the German forces. We have reached complete agreement as to the scope and timing of the operations to be undertaken from the east, west, and south.”
-Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, Teheran Declaration, December 1, 1943

In November 1943 FDR journeyed to the Middle East to attend his first wartime conference with Joseph Stalin. The “Big Three”—Roosevelt, Stalin, and Winston Churchill—gathered at Teheran, Iran. The decisions they made there shaped both the war and the peace that followed.

The issue of a Second Front commanded the greatest attention. Impatient with Anglo-American postponements, Stalin demanded a firm commitment to a date for the invasion of northwest Europe. Churchill favored further delay—arguing instead for new military initiatives in Italy and the Balkans. But FDR sided with Stalin and the three leaders agreed to a spring 1944 invasion. Stalin then pressed his allies to quickly name the invasion’s commander. Shortly after the conference, FDR selected General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

While in Teheran for the conference with Churchill and Stalin, FDR met with Mohammad Rezâ Šâh Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran. The Shah presented FDR with this Isfahan Persian rug designed by acclaimed Iranian artist Imami. The piece took 10 years to make and has 50 knots per square inch.

FDR had the rug installed in his private study at the FDR Library, where it still resides today. The photo above was taken last year after the piece had been cleaned and conserved.