1. Piet Mondrian’s grid-like paintings
“Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.”
2. Illness as Metaphor by Susan Sontag
3. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s bright colors and stylized figures
4. Meredith Woolnough’s embroideries
5. Sean Scully’s block paintings
6. Science Festival activities (The museum I work at participated in a science festival and one of the activities we did with the visitors was painting with watercolors and cooking oil. I loved the results so much that I bought the materials and used them in my own work!)
I’ve always loved reading and as a grad student, I’m discovering the need to learn how to read more efficiently. The required reading for my online class usually isn’t lengthy, but it’s writing that I have to read more than once in order to understand. There are also lots of books that I’m trying to read on my own time so for now I’m treating them as reference books–books that I will read in parts rather than all the way through from beginning to end. I own most of these books so I’ll be able to write, underline, and highlight in them. I’ve already started reading most of these books, but I hope to complete them, along with a few others, before going back to Chicago next summer.
Tomorrow I’ll share some of the things that inspired me in August and September. Thanks for reading!