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Crete the Final Frontier

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    I had absolutely no qualms about leaving behind what must have been one of the wettest Augusts on record for a two-week holiday on the island of Crete in Greece. My friends Kate and Luc, who emigrated there a couple of years ago, picked me up at the hot and chaotic airport of […]

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The Body Beautiful with Mandy Kierans

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  Having always been interested in make-up and its application to transform the human face or body, Mandy Kierans studied special effects and make up for TV and Film, in Dublin. This led to a position as assistant make-up artist for a production company, Paradox Pictures in England and her love of decorating the human […]

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Dreaming of Oxford

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    Oxford is known as the city of spires and boasts an enormous concentration of amazing architecture and lots of bicycles. This famous seat of learning comprises of thirty-nine colleges, the buildings of which can be found dotted throughout the city. Entrance to the colleges is via grand portals overlooked by grotesque gargoyles, each with […]

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Fabulous Fabergé

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  Easter marks the re-awakening of life and the fact that Spring is already in full swing after the long deathly months of winter. In its religious context this is reflected by the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead after his crucifixion. At Easter time the egg has long been given […]

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Annejoke Luiting & Mango Murals

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For as long as can be remembered ancient civilizations have painted murals as a records of their existence, or as an enhancement to their living space. Today the mural is still popular as an artistic decoration in our interiors, in urban spaces to revive the greyness of modern architecture, and also in the anti establishment […]

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Ultra by Silvia B

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  The mysterious and intriguing figure of Ultra an 8-meter high effigy can be found in front of the Cascade-complex on the Emmasingel in Groningen. She was brought to Groningen by boat all the way from Rotterdam and unveiled in October 2004. Ultra is the creation of Silvia B a Rotterdam based artist. Commissioned by […]

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City Urinal as Art Object

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      At every turn in Groningen there is always something unusual to be seen whether it be a building and its facade, a statue of unusual proportions, a bridge or an artistic creation incorporated into city life. But none can be more unusual than the one found close to the canals edge along the […]

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Shona van Dam – India, Meditation and Minerva

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    An interview with Shona van Dam took me to her degree show in the Academy Minerva in Groningen. A long, narrow, totally white interior filled with white scrolled pillars of card in various heights and breadths and each poised on a sketchbook. Both imposing and unusual this installation requires interactivity from the viewer […]