I lived on a small island in the South China Sea with a husband, two sons and a scruffy dog and now I live in London which is in a slightly larger small island with a scruffy husband two large boys and a very fluffy dog.
Marina Warner is a great heroine of mine, a writer and mythographer , it was her short story in 1990 "The Leg's of The Queen of Sheba" that inspired me to produce a whole serious of mythologically based works. It also inspired an Opera. So all in all a pretty evocative piece of writing well worth a read in The Minerva book of short stories .
Anyhow I digress. She of the great writing gave a talk in Primrose Hill last night as part of the Primrose Hill Lectures. Titled" Myth making" I could hardly not go could I . Fantastic! Lots of food for thought with insight into The National Gallery Metamorphosis exhibition which has reunited the three Titian's from King Philip 11 of Spain's private collection. It has also been the starting point of a variety of artist to re-imagine the Myths of Diana and Actaeon which has led the the controversy over the peep boxes. Must say that it certainly has inspired me to take a look.Maybe I will leave my raincoat at home though.
Yoko Ono has to be one of the most vilified Rock wives in history and yet it is often forgotten that before she was a wife she was an artist and still is. The Serpentine gallery is hosting a mini retrospective of many of her most famous works this summer. It's thought provoking work and very very good.
Above is a picture of Yoko Ono from her video " Cut Piece". She performed this I believe in many places and at separate times over the years. The exhibition has one video from her in the 1960's when she was in her 30's and one from when she was in her 70's playing opposite from each other. They are truly disturbing pieces. I was very moved by all her videos but this piece will stay with me for a very long time.Sadly my kids and husband were only moved as far as outside the exhibition and to the comfort of Ai Wei Wei's Cork seats and Pavilion outside.
By the way isn't this the strangest picture you ever saw? The Pavilion did not look like this on a Saturday afternoon . This looks like a set from an alien abduction movie.