April 1, 2016
March 31, 2016
There’s so much more to life than finding someone who will want you, or being sad over someone who doesn’t. There’s a lot of wonderful time to be spent discovering yourself without hoping someone will fall in love with you along the way, and it doesn’t need to be painful or empty. You need to fill yourself up with love. Not anyone else. Become a whole being on your own. Go on adventures, fall asleep in the woods with friends, wander around the city at night, sit in a coffee shop on your own, write on bathroom stalls, leave notes in library books, dress up for yourself, give to others, smile a lot. Do all things with love, but don’t romanticize life like you can’t survive without it. Live for yourself and be happy on your own. It isn’t any less beautiful, I promise.
March 28, 2016
“No, I am not. I’m weak. And that’s why I pretend to be tough. If I let myself be weak, inside of myself, there’d be nothing left of me after a while. I think people shouldn’t be too easy on themselves. I need to be tough on myself because I’m weak, that’s all.” – Momoko Ryugasaki (Novala Takemoto), Kamikaze Girls
And the thing is there’s something comforting in the fact that nothing’s really permanent. that no matter what i’m going through, who i am, what i think, what’s happening around me, it can always change. maybe good times don’t last, but at least bad times don’t last either. maybe i’m unsatisfied with who i am, but i’m not stuck that way.
March 25, 2016
“To deny that there was this dark side of life would be like pretending that the cold of winter was somehow only a temporary illusion, a way station on the way to the higher “reality” of long, warm, pleasant summers. But summer, it turned out, was no more real than the snow that melted in wintertime.”-David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars
March 23, 2016
I know the happiness of our life depends upon the quality of our thoughts, and we try but maybe somethings don’t get better, but we do, we get better. we get stronger, even with the darkest thoughts around us, we learn to live with our situations as messy and ugly as they are. We fix what we can and we adapt to what we can’t. We try, we do the best we can do, and things will eventually pass, and happiness will find us..
October 24, 2015
“Straight” In May 2008, 90,000 people were killed when an earthquake hit the Sichuan province of south-western China. When the authorities refused to make public the identities of the dead, Ai created an online memorial. His blog was shut down by the government but his art was harder to make disappear. Assembled from the steel rebar which was all that remained of millions of edifices, “Straight” is both a homage to those who died and a mute accusation of corrupt officials who compromised building standards to line their pockets.
Coloured Vases (2006)
‘Tree’ (2009) in the courtyard of the Royal Academy
That was one of the most emotional exhibition’s I’ve ever been to, so surreal it requires no intervention.
Brilliant work that simultaneously documents an act of state brutality in a spirit of defiant freedom, a work that unleashes the political power of art. Ai Weiwei runs at the Royal Academy until 13 December.