ART (Whitworth Art Gallery)

For as long as I can remember, Art has always been an interest of mine. As a child, I was always drawing and colouring in - at that stage, my thoughts towards art were that the prettier the picture was, the better it must be. I believe that as you get older, it is no longer about the pretty picture on the canvas - it is more about how the picture makes you feel. (That's my opinion anyway)

My absolute favourite 'genre' of art is abstract art. Abstract art is like marmite - you either love it or hate it. Personally, I love it. It has a way of looking so simple and effortless, yet so detailed. The detail comes when you look closely, and let your mind wander. You think about certain things, such as why the artist painted that line or used that particular colour. My favourite abstract art piece is called A Remark You Made and is by the wonderful Elín Jakobsdóttir.

Today I was lucky enough to go to the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester and look at the incredible art work that they display there. One of my favourite pieces was a series of photographs by Luke Fowler called Your days are numbered. Both my brother and I had different interpretations of this series of photographs - but isn't that the point? With art, there is never one true meaning or answer.

Another favourite piece of mine was the 'Multi Story House' by Mary Kelly (pictured below). Using stencils and light, she cut out words from women whose experiences in life had made them become active feminists / realise the importance of feminism. One of my favourite quotes from the women was one that read 'I didn't know I was a girl until I studied architecture and a professor said my work was "cute" '.

The Whitworth were showcasing a beautiful Chinese Art exhibition, which had many different pieces, from many different artists, using many different materials. Whether they created their masterpiece in the form of a painting, photography, a video, a sculpture - or even a large array of pebbles on the floor, each piece was wildly intriguing and different from the next one.

Pictured below are some pictures of the wonderful artwork I saw today - which my brother kindly took for me. His instagram is

(Please ignore the kink in my hair, it's driving me insane)

 (left - the portrait section) (right - Lisa Oppenheim)
 (Geng Jianyi - The Second Situation)

(Left - Zhang Huan - family tree)  (Right - Weng Peijun (Weng Fen) - On the Wall Shenzhen)

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