Canine Construction: Visually striking and instantly likeable

South Korean artist Gimhongsok’s Canine Construction 2009 brings me a lot of joy. This is one of Gimhongsok’s proposals for public monuments, recognising that no-one ever seems to agree on public art. It’s cast from resin but looks like it’s made out of garbage bags. Sure, there’s an art world in-joke here, looking like a…

Problem-Wisdom: A parade of papier-mache objects

Thai artist Kamin Lertchaiprasert’s parade of papier-mache objects in Problem-Wisdom 1993-95 is a rich and joyous meditation on life. Conjuring up the many creative projects happening in homes around the world at the moment, 366 hand-made papier-mache human figures, animals and an assortment of other objects are laid out in rows on the floor, each…

Thea Proctor’s woodcut reminds us of life’s simple pleasures

Thea Proctor’s vibrant hand-coloured woodcut Summer, inspired by the tradition of Japanese ukiyo-e prints, brings me joy because it reminds me of life’s simple pleasures (ikigai). With summer behind us but plenty of sunny autumn days ahead, I look forward to making time to read and relax. Delve into the work while at home relaxing…

What do Easter Island monoliths and Mona Lisa have in common?

With Easter festivities at our doorstep, we couldn’t resist sharing our own Easter Bunnies, they don’t have seasonal chocolate eggs to deliver, however what they can do is bring us all some joy. The irreverent appropriation performed by Swiss-born artist Olaf Breuning in his photograph Easter bunnies 2004 creates new meaning through juxtaposition. The significance…

René Lalique: Rare Art Nouveau vases

From local designers to boutique treasures, almost everyone has a collection of glassware at home they treasure, either for everyday utilitarian use or delicately displayed behind cabinets. QAGOMA is no different. While everyone is cosying up at home, we’ve decide to share some of our collection to inspire you to reacquaint yourself with your special…