Just A Test Swab

 

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A girl can only do one thing at a time. I try to spread my wings sometimes but every so often, I find myself on a multipurpose platform, trying to find my equilibrium. Yes, I can multitask but I am not extendable, I only have two hands after all, so I decided to do what works. So, for the past few weeks, I have locked myself in a cage and embraced my other passion, painting thus my intermittent absence from the blogosphere world lately. I am prepping for a show. And then you have this. No, it is not a paint or anything in particular but it could be. Perhaps, a handbag or whatever hit my brain later but for now, it is just me, in the testing mode. It is a test swab. Yes, I not only create my own fabrics but also the various colors use.

Inch A Little Closer

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I was going from room to room because that’s what one does at a art show, trying to absorb as many pieces and snap as many pictures as I could, when I came across this interesting and somewhat deliciously “wacky” exhibit, which in all honestly would not make my living room wall, unless, perhaps, if offered a few Benjamin’s of big numbers and colored kind.

I found myself in the midst of a “gang” hovering around, trying to position themselves to better view this particular piece because everyone just wanted to see it. I did not get the frenzy for a second as I was still exploring.

I was still trying to situate myself when I saw what appeared to be a gigantic charming sterling silver medicine cabinet, big enough to make any wall scream, mounted on the wall surrounded by two security guards.

At the onset, I questioned the basis for the guards’ presence, Picasso it wasn’t but it became clear to me as I inched closer.

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Wow, was the word of the moment. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was still in absorbing it all. The piece was beautiful, intriguing, stunning behind words, fascinating, a conversation piece to say the least. I was stupefied but then again, I should not have, that was Art Basel after all where expect the unexpected is the norm.

Once I was done being dumbstruck, too many pills to count and the reason for the guards, I then moved to “I wonder how long it took the artist to put it all together” and to “what was the artist on?” What a question!

The pills did not appear to be glued. They seemed to have been painstakingly placed, carefully allocated, colors and all within an inch of each other, I am hoping once the cabinet was up.

There you have it. One beautiful idea. So, before you send that expire tablet packing off your medicine cabinet, think of what you can do with it, artistically there is. Just make sure it is locked and tucked away from prying eyes. That’s Art!

Art Basel 2014

Every year, I religiously make the pilgrimage to the annual Super Bowl of the art world, Art Basel Miami Beach. For those not familiar with the show, it is a display of galleries from all over the world showing sculptures, paintings, prints, photography, installations, videos by world-renowned artists such as Picasso and new artists alike. As an artist and a fervent art lover, it is a honor and a privilege, a day of obligation and a must attend, an appreciation of other’s work and a little “I am checking you out to see what you got” of sorts, to attend the gathering. Luckily, I don’t have to travel far as exercising patience is paramount on the streets leading up to the event but in the end, it is immaterial, as the joy one gets supersedes all the migraine and more. It is that worth it.

I never get to adventure to Art Miami or Miami Design and many others. I should. I am sure they are as great but Art Basel caterpillars it all. It is the emblem. As many times as I have been to the show, you would think that I am done being surprised but I always find myself saying, “Oh wow. Whoa.” and then “Oh, I can do this. My work is better. Is this art? Huh?!” Price tag, who needs to know? It is not for the faint of heart. It is creativity in motion. Enjoy!

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