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by suzanne_tumblr on May 31st, 2010

Epiderme by Stéphane Blanquet, 2010

Vanitas vanitatum, omnia vanitas

by suzanne_tumblr on May 26th, 2010

aiko273:

Does anyone know whether “Vanitas vanitatum, omnia vanitas” would be the correct punctuation? And if it translates as “Vanity, vanity, all is vanity” or “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity” (the internet seems to be giving mixed information and this is pretty damn important)?

“Vanitas” is nominative singular feminine 3rd declension and therefore “vanitatum” is its genitive plural form. 

So: “Vanity of vanities” and then “everything is vanity”.

However, I don’t necessarily think that the modern-day English “vanity” gets all the aspects of “vanitas” right. It’s a very complex term in Latin. 

Anyhoo, I would go completely without any punctuation whatsoever and have it all in uppercase. 

After all, you don’t wanna fuck with the Romans. Trust me. 

Is it for your art project? Good luck! x

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by suzanne_tumblr on May 20th, 2010

Spitalfields Treasures, May 20, 2010: 

It’s obvious that the doll and/or the chaps in the painting will try to kill me each and every night from now on, but the hell with it – it was all worth it! :)  

Photo © Wurzeltod, 2010

by suzanne_tumblr on May 19th, 2010

Proudly introducing Alex CF’s Enfant Diabolique and my sweet little Tweety. Aren’t they just adorable? 

Photo © Wurzeltod

by suzanne_tumblr on May 19th, 2010

(via unnaturalist, lovegifs)

This is by Mark Weaver and I posted it over a bloody year ago. 

Oh, Tumblr… 

Joao Ruas at Thinkspace, Culver City

by Suzanne on May 17th, 2010


Morning III by Joao Ruas, oil on mounted canvas, 2010 – click to enlarge

And another L.A. (well, Culver City) show coming right up: Long-time WurzelMacBook desktop image favourite Joao Ruas is presenting new works at ThinkSpace in a show most efficiently called III.


Morning II by Joao Ruas, oil on mounted canvas, 2010 – click to enlarge

He’s been überprolific and it’s beautiful to see how unafraid he is of venturing into new styles and techniques. I’m particularly fond of the gold leaved works and the graphite drawings on Fabriano paper. Well done once again, Joao!

On show: May 7 – June 4, 2010

Address: Thinkspace Art Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, USA, tel: (310) 558-3375 | Map

Gallery hours: Wed – Sat: 1 – 6 PM (or by appointment)

Preview show | Press releaseOpening picsFlyer

Artist’s website

by suzanne_tumblr on May 17th, 2010

Morning II by Joao Ruas, oil on mounted canvas, 2010

by suzanne_tumblr on May 17th, 2010

Morning III by Joao Ruas, oil on mounted canvas, 2010

Edward Walton Wilcox’s “Fanatic” at Merry Karnowsky, L.A.

by Suzanne on May 16th, 2010


The Lovely Assistant by Edward Walton Wilcox, bitumen and tempera on panel, 2009

Edward Walton Wilcox‘s second solo show has just opened at Merry Karnowsky in L.A. and as always, it looks refreshingly monochromatic and earthy – in a rather Goyaesque way.


Death and the Maiden by Edward Walton Wilcox, oil on panel, 2008 – click to enlarge

From what I can gather from the online preview, there will be three or four installation pieces on show too which is nice because despite of what you might have assumed from looking at his rather subdued colour palette, Edward is not a post-apocalyptic one-trick pony. Au contraire, he’s a very multi-talented chap indeed. But don’t take my word for it – go check Fanatic out yourself if you’re in L.A.


Laughing Stock by Edward Walton Wilcox, bitumen and tempera on panel, 2010

On show: May 15 – June 12, 2010

Address: Merry Karnowsky Gallery, 170 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA, tel: 323.933.4406 | Map

Gallery hours: Tue – Sat: 12 – 6 PM

Preview showPress release

Artist’s website

by suzanne_tumblr on May 16th, 2010

Death and the Maiden by Edward Walton Wilcox, oil on panel, 2008