I love writing on art, exploring the beauty, business and politics of it. My blog discovers and critiques some treasures of the art world while capturing the fascinating stories around it. It engages with artists, galleries and curators, framing the highs and lows of creative culture.
Long years in journalism trained me to contextualise my stories and capture the narratives that are often lost in the din of news. I use the same lens for the art world – searching through the visuals, motifs and symbols for the stories and allegories that frame the creative culture.
Art survives war and destruction. It inspires and heals. It uses religion, sex and aesthetics to create a powerful voice that is emotive and often political. Interacting with various artists, critics and art lovers has motivated me to document creative culture, both contemporary and traditional.
While teaching the subject Popular Culture at a private university, I explore how people engage with art. What makes art – paintings, sculpture, animation, music, dance – transform into a propaganda tool? How art movements have challenged social order and conventions with more success than political rebellions. This blog is an attempt to learn the social science of art.