Inter-Planetary part 2*

Acrylic on canvas

“The cure for loneliness is solitude.”

–Marianne Moore

My influence for Inter-Planetary series comes from the increasing complexity of our internal lives. Perhaps these lives could be called solitude or loneliness or maybe richness.

As I painted today, picking up where I left off, I began listening to Helen Macdonald’s memoir H is for Hawk. While I draw and paint, I interchange between music, podcasts, and audiobooks.

The website Brain Pickings first introduced me to H is for Hawk in this article a few years ago. Maria Popova, the genius-polymath-creator has long been an intellectual, creative, philosophical inspiration to me (more on her later on in this project).

As I painted today, Macdonald’s voice guided me through the world of birds and grief and landed on a simple quote. Simple in its scrutcure but paradoxical in its meaning.

The quote is from poet Marianne Moore, and it goes like this, “The cure for loneliness is solitude.

As I painted, I began to explore the meaning of this quote. From a wealth of knowledge on loneliness that I accumulated through my teenage years: I had a fascination with loneliness. Always reveling in my solitude, I was at first puzzled by loneliness and when I am puzzled, I must explore. And my explorations led to discoveries, and I’ll tell you about some of these discoveries later.

If the paradox of Moore’s quote does not sit well in your mind, try asking yourself what the quote means? And perhaps begin to explore.

*This is the second piece of a series that belongs together, to watch it unfold, stay tuned. See the first part of this series here.