Is this as good as it gets?

“I am an idealist. I don’t know where I am going, but I’m on my way” (http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m5bjiyLW5k1ql631ro1_500.jpg).

When experiencing writer’s block, or thinker’s block, or living block as a matter of fact, one is assaulted by a myriad solutions proposed by the world around. From learning that procrastination is a positive thing, to drawing various “resolutions lists”  (though I have to admit one of the best resolution lists is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9rbadSnlVc, min. 0:53 ). Major dilemma.

And then you see something like this: http://www.wellcomecollection.org/whats-on/exhibitions/death-a-self-portrait.aspx.

A portrayal of death at Wellcome Collection (which I find to be a very appropriate location name for such a topic 🙂 ), through some 300 works: from human remains to Renaissance vanitas paintings, from metamorphic postcards to anatomical illustrations and contemporary art pieces. Neither the topic, nor the exhibits are something new. But through the way the pieces were brought together makes it not just thought-provoking, but also fun (as in playful). One is welcomed to get a glimpse of past attitudes towards death, while having the feeling that he/she is part of a game in which death is playing hide and seek, taking on multiple forms/hiding/dressing up. Like a Harlequin, it can disappear but you know it is there somewhere, having fun (or being turned into a subject of jokes): in lovers meeting (see the attached picture), and in anatomy classes, playing jokes or creating disasters.

Maybe this, per se, will not help inspiration any better than any of the above mentioned remedies. But it challenges one to look back at our traditions of understanding and representing relevant topics, and seeing in which way we can take them further.

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