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2013 venice biennale #3…

P1220161Cabinets full of weird and wonderful drawings torn from notebooks…and i managed to photograph the wrong captions for them so i don’t know who the artist is…arghhh…text on drawings is in Spanish if anyone has any ideas???

…and miscellaneously i liked these little cabinet of curiosity style objects by Levi Fisher Ames;

…and again miscellaneously, i also liked “Lake Deconstruction” by Antti Laitinen:

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sketching…

I don’t draw nearly enough these days, but here and especially in Butterfly Hill i generally manage to do something…here are some of my sketches from this year, Nov/Dec 2011…often done with a large audience of assorted orphanage kids who lean into you, grab your arms, grab your pens, grab your book…i got quite used to it after a while…

mango tree – drawn while sitting in the shade of the dispensary veranda in Butterfly Hill

banana tree – drawn during lunch time, covered in a shawl to stop the fierce sun from burning me

neem tree plus leaf drawn from the veranda of one of the houses on Butterfly Hill campus

palm trees – drawn in the evening at Butterfly Hill waiting for the milk van to give me a bumpy lift back to Daddy’s Home

papaya tree – drawn during lunch time in the cultivated fields round Butterfly Hill, i drew while the field workers took a lunch time snooze

looking in the mirror

I give the kids a small mirror each and ask them to make a drawing of themselves. Last year i asked them to do so from memory and i wanted to see how different it would be if they actually had to scrutinise their own faces for any length of time.

Firstly they really enjoyed it, both the girls and the boys really looked at themselves closely and visibly liked looking at their expressions. Life is so communal here that there is not much time for the self i guess.  The results were really great. I particularly liked it when they managed to make accurate likenesses while still adding a little fantasy. Sai for example (whom i have taught for 3 years now) did this amazing Julian Opie style drawing and gave himself blonde hair and blue eyes…

Satin gave us a touch of the Simpsons i think…

I know the kids have seen the twilight movies and am wondering in Anthony was somewhat influenced by the aesthetic!… There are so many more to show, will have them all in the site eventually.

butterfly hill work…

They take school assemble pretty seriously around these parts…

morning assembly classes 1-5…no dodgy saluting, they just have to stand at arm’s length from one another!

Meanwhile inside… as promised is some work from my classes at Butterfly Hill – speaks for itself i think, click on the thumbnails for a better view:

baghya’s story…

Baghya is a day girl at the school, she is one of the lucky ones in that she still has her parents to return to every evening. But here life is never quite as it seems…Her father is a very grumpy man, who is permanently pissed off that life has provided him with 2 daughters…girls are more expensive…girls need a dowry to get married…Baghya has problems with her eyes so she is even more expensive…

(when i asked the kids to create a page full of pattern and colour which we would later fold into christmas decorations, Baghya decided to de-construct a face for hers…genius!)

Baghya loves to draw and wants to study art…S, the headmistress has managed to persuade her father that this is a good idea as it is a vocational training, she can become a teacher and so will not be a financial “burden” to her father…also apparently when marriage time comes along, her dowry can be reduced as she brings a wage along with her…