January 30, 2016

January Bibliography

At the end of each month, I’ll share a short list of links to articles, blogs, images, or videos I’ve come across online and think you might enjoy as well. This month, I was fascinated by the idea of why and where artists create. 

The fireplace in Bourgeois' front sitting room. The telephone numbers on the wall are in her own hand (NICHOLAS CALCOTT) via The Telegraph

Starting this Summer you can tour the home where Louise Bourgeois lived and worked in New York:
"A sense that at any moment Bourgeois might walk through the door is heightened by the atmosphere of bohemian dilapidation: Surely this place is in no shape to be seen by anyone other than its owner. Crude patchwork testifies to the cave-in of a plaster ceiling. A two-burner gas hot plate that fills in for a stove and an ancient television that stands next to a small metal folding chair further the impression of a home not ready to receive company. “I’m using the house,” she told a visitor, when she was in her mid-70s. “The house is not using me.”
I loved reading this insightful article about the creative mind - Why So Many Artists are Highly Sensitive People:
"To highly sensitive people, as Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Pearl S. Buck suggested, the world may appear to be more colorful, dramatic, tragic, and beautiful. Sensitive people often pick up on the little things in the environment that others miss, see patterns where others see randomness, and find meaning and metaphor in the minutiae of everyday life. It’s no wonder this type of personality would be driven to creative expression"

Keri Smith's newest book looks at the Wander Society
"Within these pages, you’ll find the results of Smith’s research: A guide to the Wander Society, a secretive group that holds up the act of wandering, or unplanned exploring, as a way of life. You’ll learn about the group’s mysterious origins, meet fellow wanderers through time, discover how wandering feeds the creative mind, and learn how to best practice the art of wandering, should you choose to accept the mission."