We are the Hollow Men, We are the Stuffed Men

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Anyone who’s done T.S Eliot in school knows this reference. It’s one of my favourite poems and I quote it regularly. At the end of this I will post a link to the poem. It’s long, but a glorious poem. I’m writing this because of World Literacy Day and what better way to celebrate it than to discuss the kings and queens of the written word? Polls have been conducted over the years to find out the best authors, but I will be looking at the foundation of all these writers. Women like Mary Shelley, Charlotte Bronte, Louise May Alcott and Jane Austen. Men like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Charles Dickens. All these authors, among others, have built the foundation for every writer in the world. Whether you are writing scripts, novels, poems or short stories these men and women will have had an impact on your words.

I can say for a fact that as someone who has been writing and reading classics as long as I have that these authors have not only changed my writing style, but also to some degree my general speech. After reading A Tale of Two Cities, I found myself speaking better, writing better and in general a better person. The thoughts and principles written into these novels were so much more than just words on a page. They were the thoughts, beliefs, hopes and dreams of their authors. They put their souls onto the pages of their works. I think authors nowadays have lost that. We read fast paced books and very seldom do they have any depth. There are quite a few authors that stand out from these modern writers. Writers like Stephen King, Justin Cronin and Patricia Cornwall truly have a passion for their craft and their books are not only well-researched, but also cause us to ask ourselves important questions about who we are as humans. Patricia Cornwall talks to us about the dark side of what men are capable of, while Stephen King shows us the horrors of the mind. All three of these authors, among no doubt others, gave us unique perspective into the hearts and minds of their characters.

All of these writers were inspired by the greats that went before. Frankenstein and Dracula were the pioneers in the field of horror, just like Shakespeare brought plays into the limelight. All these great authors built the foundations we, as writers, stand on. In honor of these masters of literature, I am going to provide a list of 10 classics worth a read.

  1. Mary Shelley. The first woman to write a horror novel, she wrote mostly about her experiences in her life. If you have watched her biographical movie and read Frankenstein, you will see a lot of her own pain and self-loathing in the pages of this classic. If you love horror and classics, read Frankenstein.
  2. Jane Austen. Austen had written many love stories in her life, though herself never ever marrying. She wrote famous classics such as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma. Emma, the last of these was remade into a film last year.
  3. George Orwell. Orwell, known for his famous works, Animal Farm and 1984, wrote on his views concerning politics and his fear of a dystopian future where mankind will be brainwashed and become sheep following what an elite few dictate to them. Both are great reads and I recommend either if you’re up for a satisfying read.
  4. Charles Dickens. Perhaps one of the greatest writers you will ever read. His books are filled with adventure, tragedy, love and redemption. He is a man who causes you to appreciate what you have in life and how to cherish it. He wrote about the suffering of the commoners in his time and emphasized this profusely in all his literature.
  5. Leo Tolstoy. A man who showed the upper class as selfish and morally corrupt. Anna Karenina and War and Peace are perhaps his two most famous works. He writes deeply moralistic, almost religious, novels wherein he shows the differences in the mindset of the classes.
  6. Harper Lee. Only ever publishing one book in her lifetime, she quickly became one of the most famous female authors. Her book To Kill a Mockingbird became a set book in every school and a stark reminder of how, as Atticus puts it, โ€œYou never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view โ€ฆ until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.โ€ This became the cornerstone for the whole novel. She later goes on to write that it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird. “‘Your father’s right,’ she said. ‘Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.'” In this quote, she demonstrates that bigotry is hurting something that is beautiful and peaceful for no reason.
  7. F. Scott Fitzgerald. We all know him as the man who wrote the famous book The Great Gatsby. Truly a masterpiece. He writes on the tragedy of a man pursuing a life of wealth and fame simply to be with the woman he loved, however later we find her to have married a pig of a man simply for his money. Fitzgerald offers us a cautionary tale on the futility of wealth.
  8. Herbert George (H.G.) Wells. Known as the father of science fiction. If you’ve read my previous post on H.G and Jules, you will know these men were great geniuses in their time. H.G.’s greatest works include The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau and War of the Worlds.
  9. Lewis Carroll. Carroll was the famous author of the two children’s stories Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking Glass. These books are made for the enjoyment of children, but as adults there is plenty we can learn from Alice. At one point or other we’ve lost our ability to dream of the impossible. If you are up for some light reading, Carroll’s works are just for you.
  10. Agatha Christie. Known for her famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie took the writing world by storm with a flurry of Poirot, Miss Marple and stand alone novels that became instant best-sellers. Her movie Murder on the Orient Express has been release as a movie and now her novel Death on the Nile is due in theaters later this year. Along with the release of these two famous novels have been a volley of mini-series all based on her novels. All her books were released as series with the famous actor David Suchet in the part of Poirot. If you’ve never read any of her novels, I recommend you read one of her stand alone novels, Endless Night.

I’ve given you quite a long list, but I have read or seen the movies for all these novels. I can tell you from personal experience these books are definitely worth a read.

God bless you, all my darling avidReaders. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a Happy Spring Day, all my dear Avids!

I am currently typing this to you in freezing cold temperatures. I can barely feel my hands, on top of that we have load-shedding (scheduled electricity cuts), but praise God, our boss gave us a generator for all the load-shedding periods. She doesn’t know it, but she’s amazing! God used her without her even knowing it.

A freezing spring day. What a cruel joke, right? Anyway, I’m sure all of you across the globe may not be feeling this cold like we are in Gauteng, SA. If you’re lucky enough to be close to the equator it’s probably warmer. Good for you, guys!

I wanted to wish all of you a lovely Spring Day, whether you’re in cold, sweltering or perfect weather. I can’t believe it’s the 1st of September, we’ve made it through so much this year, guys! I know we can make it through much more, by God’s grace! He has kept us through so much already.

For all of you who have joined recently, I want to personally welcome you to our happy little family and hope you will enjoy your journey further with us! Should you have any questions feel free to contact me either via the comment section on my blog or on any of the below social platforms.

God bless you all, my darling avidReaders!

Part Two: Are We Really Extinct?

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As promised, part two. We have already discussed why certain species have gone extinct or are near extinction. The first reason is because of climate change after the Flood. Before the Flood there was a canopy of water that surrounded the earth protecting it from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. This canopy allowed for extended life spans as well as the existence of now-extinct species. It is a well-known fact that reptiles never stop growing and, under the right conditions, could no doubt reach tremendous sizes. Creation scientists have concluded that explains the existence of what we now call ‘dinosaurs’, however, before the coining of the term in 1842, they were referred to as ‘dragons’.

The second reason ties in with the above statement: since people would have feared these terrible lizards, as far as man colonized, these creatures would have been killed or chased out of their native habitats. Some Kenyans, and even local residents of Texas, have claimed to have seen what we know as Pterodactyls. These sightings extend into the Congo where locals say that on occasion they will see these creatures while fishing or hunting and that if you are ever fishing in an area where you see the malambo plant growing, you will note there are no natural predators as this is the home of what we know to be a certain species of plesiosaurus. However, all these sightings claim they are not as big as what you would think them to be, this as a result of the conditions mentioned above.

So Where AreThey?

So…where? How can these creatures still be alive if the world they are living in is far harsher than the times before the Flood? Where are they? Some, like the nocturnal gracidilis ant, choose to live underground and only emerge at night. Some are too afraid to show themselves. As I mentioned in part one of this article, the Nelson Shrew was thought to be extinct but instead was just shy and hid itself. Every day we are discovering new species that have survived in the world we have now.

If you ask natives of the Congo, they will tell all about the species they have seen there. These animals live in hiding in environments that are close to their previous habitats. In the mountains on certain parts in Kenya, there are still a remaining species of pterodactyl that natives have claimed to see. In fact, these sightings are so common that some tribes bury their dead as deep as they can go because if not then Kongomoto, as they call him, will come and dig up their dead and eat them.

Now why are Kenyans burying their dead more than 6 feet underground and taking pains to do it so throughly? Why are Congolese fisherman avoiding certain parts of the swamp? And why have people been drawing and writing of dragons (dinosaurs) all through the ages if they are supposed to be extinct?

From my previous article, we can see that many times scientists have had to eat their words when it comes to what’s extinct and what’s not. There are many more examples throughout the world such as the Stubfoot Toad of Columbia that was said to have been eradicated in a pandemic, but was recently discovered to have survived this pandemic.

Then there are the more obvious suspects: Nessie, the Megaladon and Lake Erie’s Bessie. All of these creatures reside in the deepest parts of the oceans or lakes where they reside. These areas where man cannot venture.

Coming to a Close

As I mentioned in the paragraph above, there are many more examples of animal species, as well as plants, that were thought extinct but have astounded scientists upon their discovery. Creatures such as Nessie and his Lake Erie cousin, Bessie, cause us to ponder whether or not science is wrong about these sea monsters, just as they were about the animals they thought were extinct. Can science be trusted when it comes to these things or are we to question what they have to say about botany as well as zoology? Should we perhaps be doing our own investigations into what scientists can only speculate?

I have my own opinions. I believe that the existence of these creatures are a definite possibility, however perhaps not in the glory we expect them to be. However, you read up, do your own digging and let me know in the comments and forums what your opinions are. You know I love hearing what you have to say ๐Ÿ™‚

For now, my darling avidReaders, I wish you a good afternoon.

God bless you all.

Part One: Are We Really Extinct?

For hundreds of years we have been hunting animals. In ancient times it was for food or for medicinal purposes. In the colonial era, we hunted them for simple sport or to boast that we had shot a lion on the great plains of Africa or to bring back tiger skins from India. Whatever the reason, we have hunted many animals into extinction or near extinction. It is only in recent times that some really special, kind-hearted people took it upon themselves to try and preserve these beautiful animals God made for us to love and look after.

However, mankind isn’t the only reason certain species have died out. Climate changes have forced animals to adapt or die. The world isn’t the same as it was thousands of years ago. Before the Great Flood mentioned in Genesis 7 – 8, there existed a very different world. Before the Flood, the Earth was 70% land mass while the sea was 30%. However after the Flood, the ratio was swapped leaving us with a different climate and under half the land mass we had before. This climate would have made it difficult for certain species to have lived and, if so, for perhaps half of their previous lifespan. There are some who believe that certain species survived, but are half the size they would’ve been previously. There have been many sightings of these species. Of late there has been lots of controversy over the Loch Ness monster (Nessie) and the Megaladon, both thought to be extinct. In this article I will be discussing other animals thought to be extinct, yet proven to still be alive and well.

The Lazarus Species

This name is used to specifically refer to species that, like their namesake, have seemingly risen from the dead. I will be discussing some of the species that fall into this category.

1. Wild Dog

Also known as the Singing Dog of New Guinea. This adorable little creature is a relative of the Australian Dingo. These dogs have been seen and photographed by scientist and tourist alike. They were thought to be extinct until 15 were found and able to be photographed in the remote mountain regions of New Guinea.

2. The Tree Lobster of Australia

If you ever happen to visit Australia, you will find the most amazing wildlife. From the colourful birds to the wombats, kangaroos and Kuala bears, however along with these adorable and beautiful creatures, you will find this creature.

The Tree Lobster, now being bred in Melbourne Zoo, was thought to be extinct since a plague of rats were said to have supposedly eradicated the species. They were declared extinct in 1960. These insects live in the trees and can grow up to 6-inches in length. They were re-discovered in 2001, after hints of their existence were caused by a discovery of four dead tree lobsters.

3. The Tiny Nelson Shrew of Mexico

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This adorable little baby is called the Tiny Nelson Shrew. He was thought to be extinct for 100 years after explorers killed some to take back to the Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. In 2009, this little guy made his first appearance in 100 years on the slopes of the San MartAn Tuxtla volcano in Mexico, turns out he was just shy.

4. The Giant Palehouse Earthworm

When it comes to places to live, if you have an aversion to giant earthworms, you may want to avoid the backyards of any house in Washington. Although proven to be the most effective natural fertilizer, the giant palehouse earthworm has been known to reach lengths of between 1 – 5 feet. As you can see in the above photograph taken in Australia, these earthworms have seemed to make a sudden appearance in Australia as well as America. These earthworms were thought to be extinct until the 1980s when they made their first appearance in the backyards of Washington.

5. The Small Elephants of Java

These magnificent creatures have quite a story of blessed irony behind their survival. Found to be happily living in the Borneo mountains for decades, these elephants were saved by poaching. Ironic? Well, here’s where it gets miraculous. Hunted to extinction in their home in Asia, these little elephants were saved by poachers who sold and shipped them all over the world, this in turn, saved them from being wiped out by the other of their species in Asia. Since then, they have been leading a peaceful life in the Bornean Mountains. God preserves His creation in the most amazing ways, doesn’t He?

The Venomous Cuban Solendon

The Venomous Cuban Solendon looks a lot like our Tiny Nelson Shrew, but with one different he has venomous saliva. Thought to be extinct since sightings of the solendon had stopped for 80 years, until the discovery of three different species were found in 1973 and 1974. The most recent sighting of the venomous solendon was in 2003. He was named Alejandrito.

To Be Continued

There was so much I wanted to write that I have decided to split this into two parts. I have covered only a few of the many species man thought to be extinct, but what of the species many cultures claim to still exist? This is what I will be discussing in the second part of this article.

Stay tuned for part two of “Are we Really Extinct?”

God bless you, all my darling avids ๐Ÿ™‚

500 MARK!

You guys have been amazing! Sharing my posts, commenting, starting your own threads on the forums! I have crossed over into 510 subscribers and it’s all thanks to you, my darling avids! I love all of you and trust we will continue this journey into the unknown together for many years to come! I started this blog in May and have already crossed the 500 mark! I couldn’t have done this without you! Just today I saw 29 new subscribers and every day this passed month I have been getting an average of 10/12 subscribers!

If there is anything you want me to write on, I will be creating a thread where you can post suggestions or topics you’d like me to look into. Without you I can’t keep writing. You are all my inspiration, my moving force!

As always, I pray God bless all of you wherever you are in the world!

Another Me?

Scotland’s Dolly the sheep

In 1997 Scotland stunned the world by producing their first cloned mammal, Dolly. Dolly was born from an ewe that was artificially inseminated, similar to fertility treatments given to women. The cells that were used were taken from a 6-year old ewe and then cultured in a lab using microscopic needles. Dolly brought on a storm of controversy with many unsure of what Scotland’s discovery could lead to. There are both good and bad to be observed here. While cloning for medical practice can lead to possible breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, others saw it as a means by which we can preserve endangered species. However, an issue was raised, one that is still debated today, what many considered the next step in cloning: human cloning. This has been an ethical debate since the birth of Dolly.

Despite Dolly’s successful birth, she only lived 6, dying due to various health issues they suspect was caused due to the cloning process. This wasn’t before she was able to give birth to 6 healthy lambs.

Human Cloning

This process is far more complex. Molecular cloning refers to the cloning of multiple molecules, but human cloning is a whole other ball game. This idea has brought up a whole slew of controversy as the question raised is: Do these clones, as man-made beings, have the same rights and what about their souls? Can clones have souls? If you have watched the movies Never Let Me Go or Shutter Island, you will see that this discussion is not a new one. As it suggests, human cloning is essentially copying a human’s genome, implanting them once viable into a surrogate and then from there they develop until they are born.

This is a two-pronged argument, though, as there is therapeutic cloning and reproductive cloning. Therapeutic cloning refers to cloning organs for people who need donor organs, whereas reproductive cloning refers to the cloning of an actual human. The former is something that is currently still in the research process, while the latter is still under heavy debate.

Therapeutic Cloning

This form of cloning as mentioned above is still being researched and as of July 2020 has yet to be put into practice anywhere in the world. This form of cloning is used solely for medicine and to assist with patients who require donor organs. There are two methods currently under investigation: somatic-cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) and pluripotent stem cell induction(iPSC).

SCNT

In the SCNT process, the nucleus of a somatic cell is taken and transplanted into an enucleated egg cell (basically an empty egg cell). After it has undergone a scientific process making it viable for human surrogacy it is then either grown within a surrogate or artificially. This was the process used to clone Dolly. This technique has been refined and is now able to be used to replicate cells and re-establish pluripotency (growing numerous cells with the capability of creating a complete organism).

iPSC

This process has been proved to be rather inefficient, since it is a rather long process. In the human donor, the stem cell was typically taken from the bone marrow, but nowadays any cell can be taken. DNA is then removed and put into a pluripotent stem cell, it is then programmed to become the required cell, from there you would be able to “print out” a cloned organ using a specialized 3D printer. With this process the stem cell is able to differentiate between 3 specific germ layers and take on the role of any cell in the body. These layers are the endoderm (the digestive system and the lungs), the mesoderm (muscle, bone, blood and the reproductive system) and the ectoderm (epidermal and nervous tissues). This process is very limited in humans and can have a very negative impact on the person implanted with the organ produced through this process. If a virus is reprogrammed and implanted, it can activate within the patient cancer-causing cells. However, scientists were able to remove the presence of these cells making them more viable for human implementation.

So What Happens Now?

Where do we go from here? We know that cloning organs has the potential to save human lives, but what happens when it comes to cloning an entire human? This brings up the issue of bioethics when it comes to cloning a human subject. While animal cloning has become accepted, many organizations have debated the bioethics issue. While many of these issues have been raised by religious organizations, there have been secular perspectives brought into this debate, as well. There are many countries who have also banned/limited the cloning of humans. Some countries have accepted Therapeutic cloning, has been accepted, however, even this is under strict observations and regulatory guidelines in countries where it is permitted.

Advocates support the therapeutic cloning of donor organs for the multiple medical benefits, however they draw the line at reproductive cloning (human cloning) as there are just too many ways that those clones could be mistreated as it may become a possibility that their rights would become less important than the donor’s rights. Something else to be considered is how would these clones be able to integrate into society?

There is much more to be said about the cloning process as well as the ethical debate surrounding it. Copying a human life form is no trivial matter and brings with it all sorts of possibilities. These can be good or bad and this is where most fear cloning. Until we can be more certain that it is safe, perhaps the best is for us to stick to donor organs. This is where perhaps the best, yet most time consuming and possibly dangerous option, would be iPSC where we can then program the stem cells to be cloned into specific organs. However, this is only my opinion. There will always be hazards to cloning as we are still feeling our way around the field as it were. There is a long road ahead for bio-geneticists, but perhaps one day we will be able to discover a safe and ethical way to utilize this new bio-technology.

For now, we can only wait and watch to see what happens next. I was asked what my opinion on all this was and after all the reading and consulting with geneticist friends I have done, I am very cautious of this process. There are good and bad in everything, but the bad very often comes from the human element. This is not my opinion, this is my observation from what I’ve learnt from history. Therapeutic cloning has many medical benefits, but as far as reproductive cloning goes…I find myself rather uneasy. Cloning animals and cloning humans are two very different things and come with very different responsibilities.

God bless all you, my darling avids. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would also like to extend a warm and hearty welcome to all the new members of our avidReader community!

H.G. & Jules: Two Men Who Predicted the Future

You may recognize this from the first Thor movie. It takes place during an argument between scientists Jane Foster and Erik Selvig. Despite Selvig’s clear opinion on the topic of science-fiction, there are many cases where he has been found to be flawed in his opinions of science and “magic” as he calls it. I have decided to broach this topic using two of my favourite science fiction authors: H.G Wells and Jules Verne. If you ever watched or read War of the Worlds and/or Journey to the Center of the Earth, you will know who these two famous authors are and the genius they put into their works.

A Brief History of H.G.

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Herbert George Wells, born September 21st 1866, wrote dozens of novels, short stories and poems. He was an English writer and remembered to this day as the “father of science fiction” (a distinction he shared with Jules Verne). H.G. had a tendency to write futuristic, dystopian novels in which he wrote on such ideas as air-crafts and hybridization–this we now know to be possible and are in fact pursuing these same fields of genetic modification. Back in H.G.’s days, such things would be considered impossible, but without Verne and Wells, there’d be no such inventions today. Wells’ earliest training was in biology and his ideas on ethics came from Darwinian influence as well as his standing as a socialist from his early days. He was most notable for his works The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man and War of the Worlds. Sadly, his career was brought to a an end when he died in August 13th of the year 1946.

A Brief History of Jules

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Born Jules Gabriel Verne on 8 September 1828, he went on to become a French novelist, poet and playwright. Three of his most famous works came out of a collaboration he did with the publisher Piere-Jules Hetzel–his famous Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth and Around the World in Eighty Days. He also shared the title of the “father of science-fiction” with the above mentioned author, H.G. Through a mutual acquaintance, Verne met and became close friends with Alexandre Dumas, famous author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo. Through all of this, Verne continued his studies in law, despite his clear disdain for society as made evident in his work, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Verne’s career as a writer ended in the year 1905, when he died of diabetes. In honour of this great writer, the street he lived in was named after him (Boulevard Jules-Verne). His works continue to inspire us even after his death. In the year 1994, his great-grandson found Verne’s last manuscript Paris in the Twentieth Century in the attic of his home. Soon after he published the last work his great-grandfather would ever write.

How They Determined our Future

There are definitely many authors who have inspired us for all kinds of reasons, but when it comes to early science and predicting the future only two men stand out for me: Herbert George Wells and Jules Gabriel Verne. Two men who explored the unknown. They stretched their minds and dreamed of a future where men would travel the seas in submarines, travel the air in flying machines and travel to the moon. In the novel The Island of Doctor Moreau, Wells explored a science we, now, are only beginning to comprehend. Namely–cloning and hybridization of living organisms. While Jules questioned what existed in the center of the earth, Wells explored what the future would look like. His predictions were shockingly accurate. Wells foresaw a world where we would exchange the Earth for our own so-called happiness. Verne also knew this and desired to hide away from the rest of the world. Captain Nemo’s views on mankind are what we are only now experiencing. So we see that these men predicted the future in ways they will never know. They have inspired generations of scientists from all over the world and undoubtedly will cause us to question the world around us.

These were bold, questioning minds that challenged the norms of science, just like Verne’s very own Phileas Fogg, who strove for the advancement of science. However, let’s not just look at their grasp on science, but acknowledge their knowledge of man’s base nature. Both these men saw the world as plainly as we see our own reflection.

In Conclusion….

I am going to refer to Jane and Erik’s argument in the beginning of this article. Jane was right. Science fiction will always be a prelude to science fact. If man can imagine it, he will do whatever it takes to accomplish it. We dreamed of the moon and travelling the stars, so we built rockets and explored aeronautics. We wondered what secrets lay in the depths of our seas, so we invented scuba suits and submarines. As I mentioned above there are many brave authors with just as much curiosity as H.G and Jules. These people changed the world. Whether it’s for the good or bad, who can say? I just know, that these men saw possibilities no other human being at the time could’ve.

So listen closely when I say this, my darling avidReaders, question everything. Don’t just accept it because everyone else says it’s true or because science says it’s correct. Look beyond, get your own hands dirty. If you don’t, you may miss out on the chance to cure cancer or pioneer the next generation of robotics. Get digging!

As always, God bless and have a lovely week ahead! ๐Ÿ˜€

A Quiet Day in Hell

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All credits go to the original artist: Engin Akyurt

Stanza 1

If I could tell you the amount of times, I’ve had to bite my lip
down for you,

All the times I’ve changed my frown to a smile for you,

If you ask, I’ll say I’m alright.

You don’t really want to know,

You ask, but when I try to talk you don’t really want to know.

So here I sit, in silence–a quiet day in hell.

 

Stanza 2

The people who care, I feel sad for,

They have their own wars to fight, but always take on mine,

I have learnt to bottle my sores, to keep the wounds under my sleeves,

You won’t see the outsides, nor the insides that are torn.

 

Every day I’ll sit here, every day I’ll keep quiet,

It’s just another quiet day in hell.

 

If you’d just listen, maybe I would, too.

For now we sit in silence

Just another quiet day in hell

Modern Art in the 20’s

I was talking with a friend on Saturday and it made me think that it’s about time I discuss art that isn’t cursed. Instead, I will be looking at a few famous artists of 2020. My descriptions will be quite brief as I I have selected specific artists from around the world and I will be attaching their links so you will be able to read up their full stories and see some of their artworks.

Donald Judd, New York.

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Donald Judd has created many 3D, large-scale works with aluminium, steel and Plexiglass. Despite this, he has refused to be called a sculptor. He was big in pioneering the field of Minimalism. This year will be the first time in 30 years that the Museum of Modern Art in New York will be giving him a solo exhibition to showcase his works. Below is Judd’s works courtesy of artsy. You can find his artworks and where to purchase them if you’re an art aficionado. https://www.artsy.net/artist/donald-judd

Artemisia Gentileschi, London.

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Heralded as the best female Renaissance painter. She was granted a scholarship in the 1970’s and 1980’s, allowing her to enhance her painting skill. Due to a reassessment of female artists input in art history. Her art has a tendency to depict strong women performing acts of violence. Despite it being claimed that her artwork was an aftermath of being sexually assaulted, this has been brushed aside and she has been praised for the genius in her artworks. The National Gallery of London has managed to acquire her work, Self-portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (1615โ€“17). Find her works and biography on https://www.artsy.net/artist/artemisia-gentileschi.

Otobong Nkanga, Berlin.

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This famous Nigeria-born artist combines research, drawing, installation and performance. She uses these tools to explore the interdependent relationship between man and land. In her exploration of how various cultures interpret different parts of nature, she traces how various minerals, goods and people move. Find her works and full biography on https://www.artsy.net/artist/otobong-nkanga

Cao Fei, Beijing.

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Cao Fei has started to emerge as one of China’s most important artists since the countries Cultural Revolution. She makes use of multimedia to address critical issues in pop culture, tech and urban development. Her 47-minute film, Haze and Fog(2013) explores her alienation from the world. In it she blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. Her UCCA presentation this year will be her first major solo exhibition in China. Find her works and biography on https://www.artsy.net/artist/cao-fei.

Alessandro Tomasetti, Barcelona.

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A Canadian born painter now living in Barcelona. He paints seductive and subversive paintings of men making use of tenebrous palettes and dramatic lighting. Unlike other painters of the male form, Tomasetti depicts the men’s vulnerability and sensitivity. Instead he paints in the same fashion one would to paint a female subject. This is seen through his prose and styling, as well as the glints and reflections used his work. He is a revolutionary painter, going against the norms of society. For more on Alessandro Tomasettie and his artworks click on the attached link. https://alessandrotomassetti.com/

Max Frintrop, Germany

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Frintrop’s incredible bursts of colour and pigmentation create the boisterous and archetypal canvases he is known for. His paintings convey a sense of urgency and directness that only true virtuoso painters can create. Frintrop, originally born in Oberhausen, now lives and works in Dรผsseldorf, Germany. His recent solo exhibitions among others took place in Cologne, Budapest and Brussels. Frintrop has also been included in many various selected art groups as a result of his work. For more on Frintrop go to:

https://www.artsy.net/artist/max-frintrop

Tomm El-Saieh, Haiti

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El-Saieh’s prints are large and enveloping swaths of colour with almost linguistic patterns forming grid-like artworks. Haitian by origin, El-Saieh now lives and works in Miami. Building his own encyclopedia of artworks, he creates amalgamations of Haitian painters and abstract American artworks. He takes particular inspiration for his abstract works from Haitian historical artists such as Levoy Exil and Prosper Pierre Louis. Their verve and energy provided him with the needed nudge into near complete abstraction. El-Saieh will be having exhibitions in Miami and Los Angelos. He is also the co-director of the Central Fine run by artists in Miami. For more info on El-Saieh go to: https://www.artbasel.com/stories/elisa-turner-interview-tomm-el-saieh

Tal R, Israel

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Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, currently living Denmark. Tal R was first known for his flamboyant colours and expansive imagery, his works constantly challenge the viewer’s knowledge of perspective and reflection. This technique causes the viewer to question the narrative based on what they know and see. A perfect example of this would be his solo exhibition entitled “Pink Road Through Forest” that took place in 2019. This exhibition takes the idea of visual theory and uses it to put the viewer in the middle of the artistic narrative. Visual theory employs a broad variety of mediums from sculpture and paintings to drawings or textile. This adds an intricacy in Tal R’s works by causing us to question our previously formed conceptions and presumptions of our surrounding reality. For more info on the artist and his works, go to: https://www.cheimread.com/artists/tal-r.

There are many great artists out there that have yet to be recognized. We used to tease my best friend about her art, saying that we would kill her then her art would be worth a fortune. Sadly for a lot of the famous artists of days gone-by this was a reality. Today, however, this is no longer a reality with new artists getting discovered daily. Using technology we are able to go further than any of our predecessors ever could. As demonstrated by the works of Cao Fei. We are able to use platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as well as a host of other platforms that are being established all the time. The friend who suggested this topic is herself an artist, for more on her art check out her page https://www.facebook.com/cmrencken/. She’s really talented, has a deep passion for art and is constantly exploring new mediums.

These are only a few of the new artists that have made their debut in the art world, but there are many more gifted artists out there. I recommend you look up some of these artists, with the advent of social media it makes it so much easier to discover new artists. I myself am following one I came across on Pinterest (you can find his work on my pinterest page, AvidUpdates).

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