Via The Gifts of Life.
“I like an empty wall because I can imagine what I like on it.”
Head of a Buddha, Indonesia, c. 800-850.
“This is the head of someone who excelled at reducing his own anxiety. Nobody really knows what features the Buddha had, so the artist has devoted his considerable skill to imagining a face that shows us what freedom from anxiety might look like. We’re being invited to look at the face with a desire to become like it is, to share the quality of mind it exhibits. The statue is arguing that it’s not enough just to hear what the Buddha said; we should use our visual responsiveness to implant his philosophy of calm more deeply in our lives. This sounds weird, but it is something we do anyway without noticing. We are attuned to the faces around us and pick up on the emotional signals that emanate from them. Spending time with the right faces is a very good idea, for we will become a little of what they already are.”
Via Art as Therapy.
Quote by Eleanor Roosevelt.
One of a collection of illustrated type quotes by .
Each issue is typed on a yellow portable Remington typewriter and pages laid out by hand with scissors and a glue stick. Containing mainly inspirational passages on life and the creative processes affecting artists, entrepreneurs and lone wolves, each piece of writing (which Almond calls ‘paraprose’) is given it’s own page and occasionally decorated with a 19th century pictoral image.
Here is the philosophy behind this beautifully produced little zine:
“John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth. He did this on February 20, 1962. Glenn was able to leave our world on a poorly constructed rocketship. He floated in space and gazed at the earth. This was before computers were realistically usable, before the internet existed, and even before the Beatles released their first album.
If a man is able to leave the earth using primitive technology, think of all the possibilities in your life today.
This is what Brooklyn To Mars seeks to explore. It’s about learning from incredible people and saying, “I can do that.” Brooklyn To Mars is about starting from where you are today and going someplace extraordinary.”
Having just struggled through the first Christmas since the break up of my marriage, reading through Almond’s collected inspirational musings was just the thing I needed right now to help lift my spirits and break on through to a new chapter in my life.
Brooklyn To Mars is available from the Markus Almond Shop.