Louisa Giffard

Month: May, 2014


It’s been a long time in the making, and I’ve only just managed to get around to reviewing Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon. And what image from the movie stuck with me more than other? Our main character carrying people (with little regard to our modern understanding of not aggravating potential spinal and internal injuries – which is unsurprising, seeing as this film is set in the 18th century.) So, it was my destiny to paint myself being lugged about like a sack of grain, along with a little hint of the beautiful idyllic pastoral landscapes the movie frequently depicts.


Barry Lyndon inspired more than just this piece of art though. Before I even watched the film, the idea of redcoats was the inspiration for a woodblock print. However, I’ve been locked out of aperture so I can’t access the print at this stage. I’ll put it up later.


The blue hour

The “sensual”, “erotic’ nude paintings in Blue is the Warmest Colour weren’t just an unsophisticated idea of the kind of art a lesbian artist would create, they were also not particularly creatively fulfilling to look at. But when it came time for me to review the movie, I thought to myself…¬†what’s better than making a parody of bad art?


Not nude this time because I think one nude self portrait is more than enough for this world.