Summer Exhibition, Accordion and Henna

01 Jul

The Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy is always fascinating. This year two pieces touched my heart. The first is of a child weeping, actually called, ‘Silent Howler’ a sculpture in bronze by Laura Ford. The detail is beautiful, her cardigan, her socks, her hands, her stance. She reminded me of when we first moved to Cornwall when I was six and I lost my Mum. I was outside Littlewoods, crying and snotty. And eventually with my nose bleeding too! Such a beautiful piece   

 The second is a tiny piece of pottery from the Tsunami, called ‘Mending, Substitution, Consolidation, Coupling – Restoration of a Sake bottle collected in Watari-cho after the Tsunami by Aono Fumiaki. 


We loved this by Bob and Roberta Smith too. It seems particularly apt for these troubled weeks.

Just outside East Finchley Station was an accordion player making the street sound like a street in Paris.  
  It was the Summer Fair at the Live Wires’ wonderfully multicultural school today and T had a henna pattern put on her hand. 


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6 responses to “Summer Exhibition, Accordion and Henna

  1. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    July 9, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    what inspiring pieces…the small girl is so touching…

  2. jpeggytaylor

    July 2, 2016 at 7:16 am

    What an uplifting post! Thank you 🙂 The Smiths’ artwork is absolutely apt just now and should be replicated on posters across the land! The Laura Ford sculpture is amazing – she’s really captured the child’s emotion in that pose. I love artwork that has been wholly or partly created from found objects – the tsunami piece is beautiful and connects us emotionally with those who lost everything. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      July 2, 2016 at 8:26 am

      I’m so glad the art I chose to show touched you in the same way. Much of the exhibition seemed less interesting this year but those, I feel, will resonate for a long time. 🙂

      • jpeggytaylor

        July 2, 2016 at 1:24 pm

        Indeed. I think you have presented us with the pearls 🙂

  3. Chas Spain

    July 2, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Thanks for sharing the art works!


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