Baby Blue and Lazarus

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Dark Comedies

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Worth

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8.5″ x 10″ Acrylic, coloured pencil, and ink on paper 2014

I’ve been thinking about sense of worth. Thinking about the mentally ill. I live next to a building full of the ‘hard to house’ in Vancouver. It doesn’t really affect me, except that on occasion I’ll hear random screams and cackles and yelling from next door. Some people have issues. Real challenges. I’m just glad they’re not homeless.

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Back in My Day 8.5″ x 10″ Acrylic, coloured pencil, and ink on paper 2014

I watched this great Ted x talk by Liz Mullinar:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svX3fEdVTLQ

She goes into how a great number of people with mental illness have suffered some kind of childhood trauma. I can remember a quote from a VPD officer in the paper, saying how he’d yet to meet a street prostitute who hadn’t suffered some kind of abuse in their childhood.

But of course, childhood trauma doesn’t just result in people ending up on the street, in obviously dire circumstances. Sometimes the survivors of it can be VERY high functioning. Entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, bankers.

Eventually though, all unexamined trauma and suffering come out somewhere.

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Quarterly Bonus 8.5″ x 10″ Acrylic, coloured pencil, and ink on paper 2014

Recently there have been a few high profile suicides in the financial world:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2550025/Chief-economists-apparent-suicide-latest-series-bizarre-deaths-financial-world-week.html

People can be as addicted to money and power, as they are to heroin or alcohol. In the end, it come down to people not healing some kind of wound within themselves. Not being able to feel the sense of peace and contentment and wellness and worth, which is their birthright.

These suicides, along with Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s recent tragic overdose, again remind us that no amount of success, or money, or acclaim, can bring a person a sense of their own inner worth. You must recognize your own intrinsic value, in and of itself.

This is a problem in many ways, as then you will be forced to recognize the intrinsic worth of others, all others, regardless of their education, or status, or income, or in fact any external variable. And then you will realize that much of the way the human world functions and  has functioned throughout history  insane.

This isn’t cause for despair mind you, rather, it’s an incitement to figure out your purpose in life. Figure out what you need to do to help bring the paradise back to your own life, and to this world.

As Italo Calvino put it so eloquently in his book ‘Invisible Cities’, “..seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.”

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Worth

8.5″ x 10″ Acrylic, coloured pencil, and ink on paper 2014

Phillip Seymour Hoffman July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014

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Mission Accomplished: Your time in Iraq makes you a threat to society

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First off, I didn’t even know they did Ted Talks from correctional facilities. I suppose what with the percentage of citizens incarcerated in the US (a state of affairs that my own ‘decider’ in Canada, Prime Minister Stephen seems to want to replicate) this would make sense.

A very courageous talk by Andrew Chamber, about his PTSD, and how veterans affairs let him down. Essentially, after returning to the US from heavy combat and IED clearing missions, he was in a state of constant vigilance and paranoia, and armed at all times.

He was told by friends to seek help, and at the VA office, after he told them he was afraid he was going to hurt somebody,  they essentially gave him some sleeping pills, and told him to come back in six months.

He’s now serving ten years in Marion Correctional facility.

Info Cartography and Space

I’ll often collapse images of info cartography and my impressions of images of deep space. They’re both a kind of imagined space which receive their sense of the ‘real’ owing on the one hand to it’s photographic qualities, and on the other on it’s reliance or rhetorical presentation of ‘real data’.

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Warehouse 7  9″ x 12″ pencil, acrylic, and ink on paper

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Real World     9″ x 12″ pencil and ink on paper

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Star Nursery   9″ x 12″ pencil, acrylic, and ink on paper

 

Inevitable Religions

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Inevitable Religions Ink, 8.5″ x 11″ Acrylic and Pencil on Paper 2014

I find protein folding fascinating. Protein folding is basically how mRNA (this is like a copy of a section of DNA that goes out and does work in the world) takes loose proteins and fold them into a three dimensional ’shape’ that can perform useful biological functions.

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Competing Translations of the Moon

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Competing Translations of the Moon

9″ x 12 ” Mixed Media on Paper

The moon has been used as a symbol since the dawn of history. What is this strange levitating object in the sky ? It’s easy to take wonders like the moon for granted. As just some ’normal’ or ‘ordinary’ thing.Which it is. It’s also a miraculous object, a miraculous event.

In the 20th Century, walked across it’s surface, took their first steps into a new dimension of their of life and reality. And surely this a wondrous thing. But you too, every night the moon is visible, can take your own journey. Stop, take a look. Don’t think too hard about what the moon is (although that can be amazing too), but just look. It’s astonishing.

Rich Kids of Instagram

What’s that platitude ? “ The problem with the world is that we use people and love things.”

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A great article in the Guardian on it here:

Materialism: a system that eats us from the inside out  :

“ but a photograph whose purpose is to illustrate plenty seems instead to depict a void. She’s alone with her bags and her image in the mirror, in a scene that seems saturated with despair.”

I agree with a lot of this article on these luxporn selfies. I used to feel envy towards people for having more money, more things, and the capacity to purchase more and better Read More →