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Louisa Warfield Art  Bespoke, beautiful art solutions for private clients, interior designers and friends. Fan of the sisterhood. And fellowship. And feminism.

I am blaming the RA and the talk at the weekend on Duchamp for this post. Despite seeing many lovely things at @lapada_association this weekend I can’t get this out of my head. Maybe I should blame my divorce too? More puns here ‘Objet-Dard’ (Objet D’art). Tate helpfully explain on their website that dard is French for dart and that the piece therefore suggests ‘masculine aggression’. I guess it depends which way up you hold it - masculine aggression on the one hand, possibly disappointment on the other? As with many things in life, there are always many versions of the truth. It just depends on which way you look at it. Today I am going to try and look at one of my problems from a different perspective.
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Marcel Duchamp ‘Objet-Dard’ #marcelduchamp #bronze #bronzecasting #eroticart #eroticobject #erotica #erótica #dart #darthvader #thisstartswithdart #dartmouth #sodoesthis #lol #dartfrogsofinstagram #whowouldhaveknown #idigress #femaleidentity #justfortoday #problems #perspective #differentperspective #turnitupsidedown #itmayjustsurpriseyou #artconsultant #recovering #sleepless #irritable

Interesting debate yesterday and at times hilarious spat between @waldemarjanuszczak and Howard Jacobsen on the question ‘Duchamp and Conceptual Art: the joke that went too far or the birth of modern art’. Waldemar obviously argued the latter making the point that Duchamp in many ways predicted (or set on its way) many of the issues we now debate as a society. The question of identity (one Waldemar argues we are now as a society constantly considering: gender, LGBT, Brexit, Jewishness - the list goes on) he argues was first explored by Duchamp as his alter ego ‘Rrose Sélavy’ (a pun on the French saying Eros, c’est la vie). It was fascinating stuff. The @royalacademyarts Festival of Ideas finishes today - worth a visit if you can get a ticket.
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Marcel Duchamp ‘Rrose Sélavy’ #marcelduchamp #rrosesélavy #rrose #identityissues #genderfluid #genderreveal #genderidentity #lgbt #lgbt #jewishidentity #femaleidentity #waldermarjanuszczak #howardjacobson #royalacademyofarts #festivalofideas #artconsultant #outandabout #hurrah

The look of wild exhilaration (me) and utter relief and exhaustion (my legal team not including the QC we had to employ at the 11th hour) when we got the settlement we wanted. If you know anyone getting divorced or needs a divorce lawyer or barrister I can not recommend these bloody bright clever women enough. They have been my rocks, my protectors, my thinkers, my doers and, as it turns out, they have nerves of steel and are mastermind strategists. I honestly couldn’t have got the deal I have without them and I am utterly utterly grateful to them.
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#sisterhood #divorcelawyer #barrister #nathaliewespieser #jenikavanagh #legaleagle #cleanbreak #compensation #timamos #imdone #itsallaboutthesisterhood #sisterhood #womeninlaw #femalelawyers #mysquad #feminist #feminism #artconsultant #gettingbacktoherdayjobnextweek #ilovethesewomen #stateschooltraining #trumpcard #trumpseton #andcranbrookschool #steelydetermination #nooneputsbabyinthecorner #orbarmouthroad

The doors of the Royal Courts of Justice. The irony wasn’t lost on me that one pair said ‘In’ and the other said ‘Out’. It’s an odd feeling remembering just how happy I felt when I said ‘I’m in’ when the ex asked me to marry him. Of course I feel deep sadness, regret and remorse for my part in my failed marriage. But I also have to admit to a feeling of relief and happiness to be ‘Out’. There is a lot to do and a lot to look forward to. .
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#in #out #in #out #outoutout #royalcourtsofjustice #inoutinoutshakeitallabout #youcansaythatagain #lol #divorce #divorcesettlement #cleanbreak #onwardsandupwards #justice #britishdivorcelaw #qc #barrister #legaleagle #artconsultant #onanadventure #dayone #butforsomethinghappierthistime

As I sit here quietly wondering how the hell we got to the position in which a judge will decide our joint futures and where our children will ultimately live, I find myself thinking what is it that makes this home? And should we have to move, how do I recreate a home somewhere else? Is it the paintings on the wall, the log pile, the plants, the books, the jar of affirmations my daughter made for me ‘for when I am feeling lonely or just for when you want to know how grateful I am’. Is it the energy of the house? The fact that I put my touch on it? That there has been laughter and tears and fights and make ups? That it is imbued with a sense of stillness (although mostly only in here and mostly when the children are out). That the kids all have enough space. My mind draws a blank when I ask these questions. It may well just be that home truly is where the heart is but I am keeping everything crossed that I don’t have to put that one to the test. .
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#louisawarfield_artconsultancy #interiordecor #logpile #woodburner #pileofbooks #iangrant #home #homestyle #homeiswheretheheartis #homeiswheretheartis #homeiswhereyouparkit #homeishere #thisismyhome #thisisourhome #justfortoday #higherpower #divorcecourt #lifeafterdivorce #narcissisticabuse #artconsultant #resolute

This sculpture immediately spoke to me. It’s been two years of hugely acrimonious, bullying, financially threatening and aggressive behaviour from my husbands legal team. I feel if they could have they would have chopped my head off and stuck it on a spike in order to warn all other women never to try divorcing the alpha male, the man who holds all the career cards, the man who earns much of the money. They have tried to silence me and make me cave in at every opportunity. I have learnt so much from this experience and whilst I feel my head hangs in the balance and I can’t see my future (yet) there is a certain freedom to it that I wouldn’t swap for the dark days when I was a prisoner in a hugely emotionally abusive, neglectful, insincere and toxic relationship. Tomorrow starts a four day final hearing in which the ex’s team will be calling for ‘Off with her head’ but they can have my head on a platter for all I care. I’ve got my self respect back and no one can hang that from a rope for all the QCs and hundreds of thousands of pounds of legal fees in the world that they try and throw at me. My thanks go to my incredible parents, friends and the fellowship that got me to today in one piece. It was touch and go at times but boy have I learnt first hand that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. .
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Irina Starkova ‘Pendulum’ #irinastarkova #bronzecast #sculpture #femalesculpture #pendulum #moodswings #chopoffherhead #handmaidenstale #divorce #bully #bullying #bullied #threat #threatening #threatened #blackmail #blackmailing #blackmailed #strangle #strangling #strangled #survive #surviving #survived #narcissist #narcissisticabuse #narcissisticpersonalitydisorder #artconsultant #lookingforwardtothisweek

An oldie but a goodie. It was a real ‘yes’ moment when my client and I spotted this beautiful hand carved pigment print at the art fair. It was an absolute pain to reframe in non reflective glass (the work was 5cm too big for the standard artglass and the frame needed major reinforcement), it had to be winched up over the balcony, but boy does it look amazing in the room. It brings the beautiful park behind the clients home right into their sitting room and compliments the interior created by the fab @thelondondesigncompany. I had a great client with a great eye and it was a result I am still proud of.
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Joshua Yeldham ‘Resonance - Morning Bay’ #joshuayeldham #handcarved #pigmentprint #artcollector #goodeye #interiordesignlondon #monochrome #naturephotography #australianartist #australianart #indigenousart #real #makebelieve #narrative #myth #landscapephotography #hnw #luxuryart #privateclient #conciergeservices #artconcierge #fullserviceartconsultant #reminiscing

Featured here is the powerful work of Hannah Laycock - a fine art photographer whose work is currently inspired by her diagnosis with Multiple sclerosis in 2013. I’m posting this after watching the staggering film ‘Living Proof’ by the almost frighteningly good looking Matt Embry. Once you’ve stopped gawping at his chiselled good looks and start listening, you’ll be horrified by his findings and it will possibly change how you view big pharma for ever. If you or someone else you know suffers from MS it is also essential viewing for what looks to me like an incredibly important part of the jigsaw puzzle in managing this disease. .
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Hannah Laycock ‘Good Out Of Bad’ #fineartphotography #multiplesclerosis #ms #mshope #mattembry #multiplesclerosisfighter #multiplesclerosiswarrior #multiplesclerosisdiet #multiplesclerosisawareness #davidandgoliath #pharmacutical #bigpharma #multiplesclerosissociety #incahoots #artconsultant #feelinghumbled

“Pathetic”. But funny 😂 Poor Joe whoever he is. Makes me think about the problem of being defined by someone else. I remember meeting Mimi Mcpherson in a very dodgy bar in Sydney and her introducing herself as ‘Elle Mcpherson’s sister’. And I was as equally impressed as Eliza is today about ‘Zoella’s brother’. Whilst I didn’t know as much then as I do now (don’t mention the sex tape) I do however remember feeling a deep sadness for someone who defines themselves as someone in relation to someone else. Its as if YOUR happiness and being is reliant on the existence of someone else. Horrid. Years later I met Elle Mcpherson who at the time introduced herself as ‘Arpad Busson’s wife’. Did that then mean Mimi was defining herself as the sister in law of Arpad? If Elle McPherson can’t just be EM then what hope is there for the rest of us? The irony now is not lost on me. What is it about us that seeks to find our place in the world versus someone else?My days of defining myself through someone else are over. It’s a huge relief. .
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#self #findyourself #selflove #zoella #joesugg #brother #apparently #ithinknoonewouldlooktwiceifhewasntherbrother #ellemcpherson #mimimcpherson #undergroundbar #tatler #sydney #australia #illegalbar #sadness #lost #found #siblings #putsanewspinonasiblingpolicy#findyourownpath #thepathlessttravelled #artconsultant #ilovemysister #butgratefuliamnotdefinedbyher

I’ve been feeling utterly stuck in a black dark quagmire of this interminable divorce and just couldn’t find my art or anything-else-for-that-matter mojo. Thanks to all the amazing inspirational women I met today I feel my feet lifting out of the quicksand - if you saw me today my thanks go out to you. My last meeting was with the gorgeous Jennifer (seen here next to the portrait the late Nigel Kingsbury did of her) @j_lgallery who chatted me through the Unlimited Symposium @weareunlimited and the amazing work they do. Jennifer also gave me a sneak peak of the work going in her next show in October and it is BEAUTIFUL. Follow her and go. It will be art for the soul.
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#artforthesoul #quagmire #gettingmymojoback #darkplace #stuck #doomygloomy #sisterhood #outsiderart #artconsultant

Even people in the art world need a break so I’m taking a (mostly) digital detox break over the summer. Thanks to everyone for a wonderful year. See on the other side. .
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Pablo Picasso ‘Homme aux Maillot’ #pablopicasso #oiloncanvas #stripedtshirt #matelot #nauticalstripes #takingabreak #puttingmyfeetup #digitaldetox #recharging #havingathink #nextsteps #creativethinking #planmynextmove #figurativelyandliterally #artconsultant #gonefishing

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