Day 295

Hope: Inspired by the Work of Abu Malik al-Shami Ink on paper On October 13, 2016 the BBC published an article about a Syrian student, turned soldier, turned artist. Abu Malik al-Shami was still a teenager when the war in Syria began. At the time of the article, Shami was only 22. Amid the devastation…

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Day 294

Memories of Beauty and Darkness: Inspired by Hygieia from Klimt’s Medicine and Mucha’s Salomé Watercolor, gouache, metallic paint on board In adolescence the world shifts and we reach out to catch bits of the world that filter though and are caught by our molting bodies. Within this altering space, Art Nouveau grounded me by giving…

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Day 289

The Idle Mind is the Daydream’s Playground: Inspired by Bertrand Russel’s Essay “In Praise of Idleness” and Manoush Zomorodi’s Book Bored and Brilliant Watercolor, ink and India ink on paper In his essay In Praise of Idleness, philosopher Bertrand Russell writes of the necessary role idleness plays in expansion. And I couldn’t agree more because,…

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Day 283

Never looking, always watching: Inspired by The Guerrilla Girls’ Art Assignment “The Art of Complaining” Ink, graphite, and gouache on paper Art is a form of expression, just as it is a record keeper. Day 283 is inspired by those gorilla masks, the ones you just may have seen, that strengthen the art world, the…

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Day 279

Curious Window Eyes: Inspired by Beyte Saar’s “The Black Girl’s Window” Gouache on paper Betye Saar collects bits of the world, listens to the stories they tell, and shares those stories through her artwork. Her 1969 piece Black Girl’s Window caught my attention with it haunting certainty while I was taking the MOMA’s Coursera Modern…

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Day 276

A Time for Story: Inspired by Shakespeare and Hamlet Illustrated by John Austen Ink and India ink on paper As children we soak up the culture and world around us, both instinctually and knowingly. In the first few years of our lives we learn what is essential to human interaction, we learn to communicate, to…

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Day 272

Universal Minds: Inspired by Panpsychism and Siri Hustvedt Watercolor, ink, and India ink on paper As children, many of us play with stuffed animals, filling them with our imaginations until the cloth and stuffing come alive. At times when I was little, I convinced myself that my stuffed animals, those creatures who gave me comfort…

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