The body as the unconscious. The body as mind. Landscape as the body. The mind as landscape. The dissolution of the self in the breakdown of inside/outside. The skin as conceptual membrane. Pain as knowledge. Pain as beauty. Satisfaction as stupification (as catatonia). The mortification of the appetites.
-Bill Viola, note, 1 January 1987
Is a circle an object of confinement or is normality an idea to separate oneself to live.
- Bradley Paul Andrews
Distance and nearness are attributes of bodies. The journeyings of spirits are after another sort. You journeyed from the embryo state to rationality without footsteps or stages or change of place. The journey of the soul involves not time and place. And my body learnt from the soul its mode of journeying. Now my body has renounced the bodily mode of journeying. It journeys secretly and without form, though under a form.
- Jallaludin Rumi, The Masnavi (Reasons for knocking at an Empty House, London 1995)
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.
Monthly Archives: July 2015
I look up at the sky, wondering if I’ll catch a glimpse of kindness there, but I don’t. All I see are indifferent summer clouds drifting over the Pacific. And they have nothing to say to me. Clouds are always … Continue reading
A little surprise gift to my girlfriend, a ride in a helicopter.
Your time is limited; so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner … Continue reading
When I was told that my second assignment was to take the students to visit Tate Modern I felt quite enthusiastic. Due to the fact that my university took us at least once a week to visit the establishment, so … Continue reading
Marilyn Monroe died in August 1962. In the following four months, Warhol made more than twenty silkscreen paintings of her, all based on the same publicity photograph from the 1953 film Niagara, Warhol found in Monroe a fusion of two … Continue reading
Beuys was highly influential in shifting the emphasis from what an artist makes to his personality, activities and opinions. His charismatic presence was integral to his work and he communicated his expanded concept of art through performance, public discussion and … Continue reading
Two American artists working in different media, painter Sam Francis and photographer Brett Weston each explored the relationship between landscape and abstraction. Francis often painted on an expansive scale, allowing him a freedom of movement across the canvas and highlighting … Continue reading
How does someone lead a person, do you stay back and follow their path and correct their decisions or is the correct way to stay in front and guide them? This was the question to which I was confronted with. … Continue reading
Today I was assigned to take my first group of students to Brighton seafront. They will experience the pier as well as the attractions around the assigned location. At first I was quite anxious when it came to interacting with … Continue reading
After completing my four-year course at university here comes the dreading adventure, which all students fear when finishing their academic studies. Searching for a new job placement. For the last few months I have been preparing myself for this journey … Continue reading