The Week has a preview up of a new exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, featuring contemporary work from women in the Arab world. Some of the shots are lovely in their mundanity (women in hijabs riding the subway, a Lebanese girl in her bedroom staring out the window) and others are more obviously political, like Lalla Assia Essaydi's portrait of a woman lying on her back, which is constructed entirely out of glimmering bullet casings. Check them out here.
Image © Boushra Almutawakel. Courtesy of the artist and the East Wing Contemporary Gallery of the Boston MFA.
Inspired by Cheryl Richardson's "Daily Affirmations" on Oprah's Life Class.
Via The Week, a happy ending to last August's tale of 81-year-old Cecilia Gimenez and her spectacular amateur restoration of a 19th-century fresco—"originally named Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) but now widely known as Ecce Mono (Behold the Monkey)"—in her small church in Borja, Spain. A few details from the miniature economic boom:
40,000 Visitors who have shown up in Borja to behold Gimenez's handiwork for themselves.
5,000 Population of Borja.
$1.30 The entry fee to see the fresco. The money goes to the town's Sancti Spiritus charity.
$66,285 Amount the fees and other donations from tourists have provided to the church's charity.
60 Elderly Borja residents [...]
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A little late on these: illustrator Mica Angela Hendricks collaborated with her 4-year-old daughter on a series of portraits, and the result makes perfect nonsense. "I had drawn a woman’s face," Hendricks explained, "and she had turned her into a dinosaur-woman." Yep! The collection is up on her blog, and she's made prints available for purchase here.
The first piece of quilling art I saw was a rendering of the twist dance scene from Pulp Fiction made out of coiled paper that managed to capture both the slinky wiggling and cigarette smoke wisps alike.
The Pulp Fiction homage wasn't just the first quilling art I'd seen though; it was actually the first time I was ever aware of quilling. Quilling is fairly under the radar, which is strange for such a distinctive art. The process involves taking long thin strips of paper and coiling them into different designs. It dates back to European monasteries in the Renaissance and enjoyed a brief resurgence in the Victorian era as a [...]