Keeping to my promise of sharing things I love outside of cooking, I thought it would be nice to show you the other passion in my life: art. Food is still the integral focus of this blog but it would be a shame if I didn't make the most of having this creative outlet to let others know that it's OK to have more than one interest. This time, I'll be sharing three art exhibitions in London that are running through summer. If you're stuck for what to do to while away a few hours, this is a perfect guide!
Imran Qureshi's exhibition "Where The Shadows Are So Deep" is being displayed in The Curve, Barbican. His work begins with fairly pleasant images of nature which gradually become more sinister with every step you take. These bloodstained miniature paintings bear testament to a 500 year old tradition that is reminiscent of the Mughal era. There is something jewel-like about these pieces that when combined with the blood splatters make you question if it's ever possible to escape a world so steeped in violence.
What: Imran Qureshi "Where The Shadows Are So Deep"
Where: The Curve, Barbican, EC2Y 8DS
Until: 10 July 2016
How much: free
Kusama, at the grand old age of 85, has earned her title as the dame of eccentric art. Her latest exhibition showcases her "infinity rooms" and signature pumpkins. Standing inside these dark, empty cubes, it's not hard to believe the artist's ordeal of experiencing hallucinations since childhood. The entire exhibition forces the viewer to stare at their own reflection as lights flicker and installations undulate.
What: Yayoi Kusama: Sculptures, paintings and mirror rooms
Where: Victoria Miro Gallery, 16 Wharf Road, N1 7RW
Until: 30 July 2016
How much: free
The eagerly awaited Mona Hatoum exhibition at the new Tate Modern had Londoners anticipating a display of over a hundred of her works spanning across a range of eras and media. Her work is always politically charged and fraught with the conflict of the time it was created. It does make a person wonder: why do these make me feel as oppressed now as it probably made people feel years ago? The ultimate installation for me was perhaps Hot Spot (2009), an electrifying red globe that lights the room as if the whole thing were ablaze. The term "hot spot" refers to areas of the world experiencing political or civil unrest, only here it seems that every place is hissing with anger.
What: Mona Hatoum
Where: Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG
Until: 21 August 2016
How much: £16.00 entry per person