Connecting an audience to an artwork: How can artists evoke emotion in their work?

Many people think of a painting as an abstract concept or an idea on a canvas, and many even think that paintings do not contribute to human lives at all. Art is the silent language; you don’t say anything, but instead you stare, experience, and learn. One of the most common types of painting isContinue reading “Connecting an audience to an artwork: How can artists evoke emotion in their work?”

‘Rainbow capitalism’: Is Pride being commercialised?

On June 28th 1969, the police raided a popular gathering place for members of the LGBTQIA+ community at the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village. They arrested the employees for selling liquor without a license and assaulted the patrons of the bar. Outside the club, onlookers were enraged. They started an uprising: throwingContinue reading “‘Rainbow capitalism’: Is Pride being commercialised?”

Perfectly Imperfect: Anxiety isn’t something you get over!

People always tell me to write what I know, but that made me think: what do I know? And that’s when it struck me. I don’t know sh*t! It seems we know what we need to know, like how to cross the road, or even to write words that may or may not make anyContinue reading “Perfectly Imperfect: Anxiety isn’t something you get over!”

Scarred by Sunburned Summers: Why the season is overrated

Summer is nearly here, and you know what that means: holidays, cocktails on the beach, showing off that “summer body” and weeks of sunshine. But for me, as someone who has pale skin, sadly this not only means endless sunburns, but also a great deal of bad luck of which I now unfortunately associate with the season of summer.

On the cusp of innocence and adulthood: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.” I have never despised anyone more than the fictionalized character of Holden Caulfield. Regardless, his teenage angst and cynical thoughts have led me to read J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye for the tenth time this past year. I had just turnedContinue reading “On the cusp of innocence and adulthood: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger”

Money Heist: The Phenomenon Documentary

(SPOILER ALERT!) Money Heist is a Spanish drama series that premiered on Netflix in late 2017 and follows the story of a gang as they come together to attempt to pull off a high stake bank robbery. The series was an instant sensation and had viewers from around the world watching with eager eyes onContinue reading “Money Heist: The Phenomenon Documentary”

Eyes wide shut to see/eyes wide open to sleep: Kubrick’s testament after 30 years

Last night, I resumed one of my favourite movies: Eyes Wide Shut (1999), exquisitely signed by Stanley Kubrick. Although rivers of ink have flown on Kubrick’s last testament, its meaning is still ambiguous and elusive. Like many other Kubrick’s movies, the story of Bill and Alice is based on a binary logic that pretentiously triesContinue reading “Eyes wide shut to see/eyes wide open to sleep: Kubrick’s testament after 30 years”

Review on ‘The Return’ by Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks is a romance novelist who writes about heartache, triumph, tragedy, death, and life. He has also produced some great films: The Notebook, The Longest Ride and Nights in Rodanthe, to name just a few. In his recent novel ‘The Return’, he takes on a different writing approach by including a lost romance andContinue reading “Review on ‘The Return’ by Nicholas Sparks”

Part dystopia, part human exploration: Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and The Sun explores what’s next for humanity

By Harry Hext The latest novel from Nobel Prize winning Kazuo Ishiguro is the next text in a line of works that tackle the impending ‘threat’ of artificial intelligence and its impact on the world. Ishiguro takes this premise and works it into a narrative of human support plus passing references to climate change, creatingContinue reading “Part dystopia, part human exploration: Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and The Sun explores what’s next for humanity”