Musings: Angela Carter & The Bloody Chamber

The Bloody Chamber: Blood. Using blood as the starting point, my initial thoughts are on Carter’s title, its allusions and its uses in a wider feminist discussion. A woman’s fertility and her sexuality come down to blood: Hot-blooded, intimacy, rituals, cults and covens, blood bonds; there’s a mysticism surrounding blood and its potency. Feminist artists … Continue reading Musings: Angela Carter & The Bloody Chamber

Marie Antoinette at Versailles: The Petit Trianon & Queen’s Hamlet

Among the grounds of Versailles, Le petit Trianon and its hamlet were Marie-Antoinette’s turn at the provincial life – as a hobbyist might take up historical re-enactment. A living, breathing, working set: Complete with rustic exteriors, windmill, bridge and players. The hamlet was a blend of fancy and function; as closely as it could be … Continue reading Marie Antoinette at Versailles: The Petit Trianon & Queen’s Hamlet

Let down your hair: The Comb as a Love Token in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

The image of a beautiful young woman combing her long, oftentimes blonde hair, has traction throughout the Medieval period and in folklore and fairytale ever since. Indeed, it’s a single strand of Isolde’s hair, the Goose Girl’s unbraiding, the Virgin Queen’s coronation splendor, Rapunzel’s tresses – that capture the imagination and are truly evocative of … Continue reading Let down your hair: The Comb as a Love Token in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Dadaism & Surrealism: Responses to Culture

Dada and Surrealism respond to cultural circumstances, into which their respective aesthetic and ideological frameworks come into play. The dadaist response post-WWI is overtly politicised in Berlin, where the aftermath of war in Germany was felt acutely, providing a state of social and political disorder which German artists could exploit through the dada channel. Dada, … Continue reading Dadaism & Surrealism: Responses to Culture