Rachel Nic Thomás is a musician and artist from Dublin, currently undertaking a Masters in Music Performance in Cardiff. She likes to explore various forms of art including music composition, poetry, visual art and installation art.
I believe that someone, likely a competitor, has reported Cardiff Life Model Collective for inappropriate images, and, so over the past few days, I have been having difficulty in maintaining the instagram feed. The end came when Instagram disallowed an image with no recourse for a review and with a warning that continued posting of such images would result in the deletion of the account.
And so, in the midst of this lockdown, where is the protest? Where is the art forcing the viewer to question the government, to question the nature of the crisis and our response to it and where is the art that is a counter to the truly awful and dangerous actions of the social media giants, the broadcasting media and the press.
Such a waste of time… I’ve totally had it with the social media and tech giants. Life is far too short and I am not going to play their game any longer. It would appear that ‘they’ are there to maintain us in a shitpool of our own making by tying us up in knots, leading us down garden paths and showering us in a Kafkaesque deluge of rules, bureaucracy and dead ends.
We have found that ghosts are not likely to stick around or to remain seated for longer poses so expect to sketch quickly flashes of light and body parts in a rarefied atmosphere that positively impacts your drawing style.
The Arts Council have made a verbal apology to me regarding my complaining of the Arts Council giving grant funding to start up business that impact upon existing business’ incomes. When I pursued this in a formal manner, hoping to encourage the Arts Council to be clearer and fairer and considered , they refused to engage further but instead directed me to their formal complaints procedure.
We encourage you all to continue drawing and when we are allowed back in contact with each other we’ll be delivering a series of special events and offers, not to encourage you to get back out with us, we don’t think there’ll be much need for that, but to celebrate the wonderful community of artists that we have become.
This piece is a testimony not only to the hard work of Cardiff Life Model Collective’s fine art models but also to Anna Korecká, the Cardiff based film maker who directed Happy Naked People for the BBC.
A pair of giggly friends came for the first time, one a seasoned creative, the other a total newbie, exploring this discipline, totally inexperienced; sometimes it requires as much much bravery on the part of artist to see themselves move through the creative process as it does the model to allow themselves to be seen unfiltered.