I mentioned in my recent Galentines Day post that I spent Valentines with my dear friend Graihagh at the Champagne Life exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. The exhibition displays a collection of incredibly varied and thought-provoking artworks from talented female artists across the globe - girl power! I think we all need a little dose of culture every now and then, and this is an exhibition in which you can absorb that culture just by walking around the large rooms and looking at the pretty art work (including stuffed horses).
My favourite exhibitions involve multi-media pieces, meaning that each room you walk into has a different story to tell. I won't profess to be an expert on the artworks or artists featured, but I thought a little preview might encourage you to go and see the whole shebang! Champagne Life features everything from traditional paintings to modern graphics, sculptures made from everyday objects to taxidermy. The hyper-realism paintings by Jelena Bulajic were particularly striking, and you will find yourself starting at them trying to find some fault that makes them less than perfect (and you will fail). I was also mesmerised by Stephanie Quayle's clay sculptures Lion Man and Two Cows.
The supersized bobbin (Bound) and ball of thread (181 Kilometres) by Alice Anderson were my personal favourites. The beautiful copper thread was meticulously hand-spun by the artist; it completely fills the room and reflects the light beautifully. We're both tall girls, so it was fun experiencing what it's like to be the short ones for a few minutes!
If you have a tight budget and a few hours to kill, or you want a sophisticated day out with a gal pal (à la myself and Graihagh), then Champagne Life runs until March 9th - and it's free entry, so you really have no excuse!
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