In fond memory of Ralph Juwono, a dear friend who is missed by much.
And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. [Revelation 14:13]
for Lidia and Nadine
I love fairies. Maybe I got it from my daughter. So when I guess it’s just natural that I like this beautiful piece from Taiwanese artist Peng Kuan Jun in ArtStage 2015 the moment I saw it. Made from bronze and glass, I find the colours and transparency created on the wings are just amazing. What do you think?
It’s been a long time since I visited the annual ArtStage Singapore. So when I did this year, it amazed me. There were so many mixed media works, and the inclusion of multimedia into art is —at least for me— overwhelming.
The work below is made by Isabell Beyel, a German artist born in 1968 and (interestingly) studied law. Entitled Portrait, this 140 x 100 cm piece consists of a mixed media collages and acrylic on plexiglass. Among the medium I identified were mice traps for the neck, hair rolls for the lips, assortements of wine corks for the skin, keys and fan for the eyes, and if I’m not mistaken sandal hangers from a branded name for the hair. Oh, and she also used tile spacers for the dress.
I just love her work, and I hope you do too!
Greetings all, allow me to wish you a wonderful Christmas, a fabulous end year celebration, and an awesome 2015!
I have grown much bigger since yo saw me the first time. I’m now in instar 5th stage, the last stage before I turn myself into a pupae. I’m as hungry as ever, and continue to eat whatever is left from this lime tree. I need to keep enough energy for my transformation into an adult lime swallowtail later.
I have four pairs of prolegs on my belly (abdomen), and another pair behind on my last segment. These prolegs will dissapear once I transform into an adult butterfly. On my chest (thorax) I have three pairs of true legs that will remain after the transformation. My true legs help me in getting the best position to get the food with my very strong jaws (mandibles) that will also reduce once I transform. Oh, and I have 6 pairs of eyelets (stemmata).
Now do allow me to go back to chewing and eating….
Hello world! my name is Lime, I’m a caterpillar of a lime swallowtail. Some people call me a lime butterfly. I’m probably in the third instar stage; and at 1.5cm long I am almost always hungry! I may be ugly but you will be surprised how beautiful I will become later.
In the following days I’ll tell more about myself, but for now, I’m telling you your momma’s right when she told you not to touch me. See those spines on my back? They are full of hairs. The scientifically correct term for this awesome gadget is urticating setae. Each hair has a funnel in the middle with toxin that will help me survive. Yeah, be affraid!
That white patch on my back? I am a big fan of Batman, but actually mother nature put it there to disguise me as a bird’s poop, another defence strategy against my predators.
Oh, BTW, these macro selfies are each a composite of four images focused at different distance and then stacked together, a technique they call focus stacking, to get a completely sharp head to tail picture of me. Ain’t it cool or what?!
I was lucky to get a steady shot from the moving 1958 Meridian Star, one of the many Star Ferry fleet going back to Victoria harbour from Hong Kong island. The Clock Tower of Tsim Sha Tsui was prominent in the foreground with Hong Kong curved cultural centre behind it, the twin Peninsula Towers with two helipads on top, and the Masterpiece with its 6-storey K11 shopping centre. The Masterpiece is also the 11th tallest building in Hong Kong at 261m. Another Star Ferry berth at the Star Ferry pier on the left.
Have a great weekend all!