Geoffrey Farmer’s ‘The Surgeon and the Photographer’ opened in the Barbican’s Curve Gallery yesterday. Although I wasn’t familiar with him, a Canadian installation artist born in 1967, the concept of using photographic reproduction to create new artwork intrigued me so I went to take a look. The exhibition features 365 puppets, one created every …

I’ve just returned from a week in Yllas, Finland. It’s been like a breath of fresh air to mind before the new term starts next week!

The snow, the quiet, the incredible scenery… I have honestly never felt such a close affinity with another country before, besides my own, found somewhere I could see myself living far beyond England and Wales. Of course the quiet and isolation that seems so appealing at first could drive me the other way, to want noise and crowds and the amenities of a city again. I feel that way in Wales sometimes, I find myself missing the hustle of London, feeling like I am missing out tucked away in the North West corner, but the space out there, in Finland! Space for the body creates space for the mind and that is a tantalising thought right now.

The final lines of Shelley’s ‘Mont Blanc’ reflect this desire perfectly:

“And what were thou, and earth, and stars, and sea,
If to the human mind’s imaginings
Silence and solitude were vacancy?" 

My tumblr is looking a bit bleak and ‘wordy’… It may be clichéd but beautiful scenery is where I go when I feel uninspired and north Wales is absolutely stunning! This photo is of Llanddwyn beach last February, although I was there again last weekend.

Stunning, simply stunning; wouldn’t you agree?