Random Weekly Quotes for Tough Times: 13-19 May, 2013


“Do you understand the sadness of geography?”

― Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient 


Image: Katie Patterson, Inside this desert lies the tiniest grain of sand*, 2010, silver gelatin print, 120x180cm, Copyright: Haunch of Venison.

*A grain of sand collected from the Sahara Desert was chiselled to 0.00005mm, using special techniques in nanotechnology. This new minute grain of sand was then taken back to the Sahara and buried deep within its vast desert sands.

Random Weekly Quotes for Tough Times: 29 April – 5 May, 2013

La Grande Odalisque_Ingres

“Every habit he’s ever had is still there in his body, lying dormant like flowers in the desert. Given the right conditions, all his old addictions would burst into full and luxuriant bloom.”

― Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake

Image: Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, La Grande Odalisque, 1814, Oil on canvas,
36″ x 63″ (91 x 162 cm), Musée du Louvre, Paris. ©RMN-Grand Palais /musée du Louvre / Thierry Le Mage.

Random Weekly Quotes for Tough Times: 8-14 April, 2013

Laure Prouvost

“Where to start is the problem, because nothing begins when it begins and nothing’s over when it’s over, and everything needs a preface: a preface, a postscript, a chart of simultaneous events.”

― Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride

Image: Laure Prouvost, Ideally this sign would take you in its arms, 2010, oil, collage and varnish on wooden panel, 25 x 29 cm Image courtesy of Laure Prouvost & MOTINTERNATIONAL.

Random Weekly Quotes for Tough Times: 18 – 24 March, 2013

Three Forms 1935 by Dame Barbara Hepworth 1903-1975

“Tenderness rounds out true triumph, gentleness lubricates genuine liberation: emotions that are not diagnostic of glory or passion in dreams.”

― Vladimir Nabokov, Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle

Image: Dame Barbara Hepworth, Three Forms, 1935. Serravezza marble on marble base © Bowness, Hepworth Estate

Random Weekly Quotes for Tough Times: 11 – 17 March, 2013

Portrait of Étienne Maurice Falconet by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne the Younger 1741

“He was ruined in every way, but a man possessed of passion is not a bankrupt in life.”
― Joseph Conrad, Nostromo


Image: Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne the Younger. Portrait of Étienne Maurice Falconet, 1741. Black, red, and white chalk, with stumping. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.