One of the things I love about living in England is how well-connected the cities are – I feel very lucky to be able to walk out of the door and be in London in time for lunch. Over the past few weeks, I have had opportunities to take advantage of this and see a lot of cool stuff in the capital.
It was a little rainy as I walked past the London Eye, but the grey skies didn’t affect how adorable these carrots in the blossom trees were! Carrots. In TREES. I love Easter. Just down the river from the Eye is the Southbank Centre, home to the Hayward Gallery. I was able to visit Martin Creed’s exhibition ‘What’s the Point?’, which includes an amazing balloon room installation that I played in for an hour. By myself. I regret nothing. It has clearly been very popular as it has been extended to run until 5th May 2014; so if you have £11 and the chance to go, I’d definitely recommend it! I put a short video up on my Instagram (I couldn’t take my camera in) so you can get a feel for the balloon room if you follow me on there. There is some rather interesting work in the rest of the show, but I won’t say too much so you can explore for yourself.
On the subject of art galleries, one of my cinemagraphs is currently showing as part of the Motion Photography Prize exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in Central London. I’m very proud to have been shortlisted by Saatchi and Google+ from over 4000 entries submitted from more than 50 countries. I think it’s fantastic that cinemagraphs are finally getting more recognition as an art form; hopefully this will be the start of many exciting things to come. There are articles on Londonist and Complex which feature my work too! The works will be displayed until 24th May 2014 on the top floor of the Saatchi Gallery if you’d like to go and see.
Let me know what you think if you do go along, or if you find any other strange vegetables in trees!
Love Marie x