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.