oil on wood
"Uranographia: totum caelum stellatum" Johannes Hevelius, 1687
Andromeda, Aquaris, Aquila, Bootes, Cassiopeia, Draco, Pegasus, Orion
President and Mrs. Johnson and Vice President Agnew watch Apollo 11 lift off at Cape Canaveral, July 1969.Photograph by Otis Imboden, National Geographic
"Rules for Happiness:
something to do,
someone to love,
something to hope for."
Immanuel Kant (via purplebuddhaproject)
"The three facets of the great writer — magic, story, lesson — are prone to blend in one impression of unified and unique radiance, since the magic of art may be present in the very bones of the story, in the very marrow of thought. There are masterpieces of dry, limpid, organized thought which provoke in us an artistic quiver quite as strongly as a novel like Mansfield Park does or as any rich flow of Dickensian sensual imagery. It seems to me that a good formula to test the quality of a novel is, in the long run, a merging of the precision of poetry and the intuition of science. In order to bask in that magic a wise reader reads the book of genius not with his heart, not so much with his brain, but with his spine. It is there that occurs the telltale tingle even though we must keep a little aloof, a little detached when reading. Then with a pleasure which is both sensual and intellectual we shall watch the artist build his castle of cards and watch the castle of cards become a castle of beautiful steel and glass."
Youssef Nabil, “Funfair, Self-Portrait, Paris” (2005), courtesy of the Nathalie Obadia Gallery, Paris/Brussels
"When I left Egypt in 2003 I felt that I died. Everything had changed around me, and I was trying to start my life again, in a new place with new people. I went back to Cairo a year later, and everyone had got used to living without me; it was almost like I was a ghost, coming from the past. Then I left again. When I started to have this feeling, I began taking my self-portraits—me as a visitor everywhere I go. It is the same relation I have with my life. For me, living is about coming to a place that is not yours, then having to leave." (x)