“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.
“One does not get healed just by living and loving, or else I would be healed.”
Anaïs Nin, Henry and June.
Image: Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Bibi, Irène and Arlette in Cannes, June 1929. Copyright: Ministère de la Culture-France/AAJHL.
“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.
“What is a quote? A quote (cognate with quota) is a cut, a section, a slice of someone’s orange. You suck the slice, toss the rind, skate away.”
― Anne Carson, Decreation
Image: Farrow and Ball Babouche colour, No. 223.
“What we feel is mortal, and won’t come again.”
― Ruth Padel, Writing to Onegin (After Pushkin), 2002.
Image: Cornelia Parker, The Distance (A Kiss with String Attached), installation, a mile of string wrapped round Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss (1904). Detail.
“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.
“The choice of mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.”
― George Orwell, 1984.
Image: Tracey Emin, I know I know I know. Borrowed Light. British Pavillion, Venice Biennale, 2007.
“So foul a sky clears not without a storm.”
― William Shakespeare, King John.
Image: Sophie Calle, Exquisite Pain, Countdown – 27, 2000.
“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
“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.