posts tagged "quote"
"Toute oeuvre d’art est une possibilité permanente de métamorphose, offerte à tous les hommes."
"Only in intimate communion with solitude may man find himself."
"Each man had only one genuine vocation - to find the way to himself. (…) His task was to discover his own destiny - not an arbitrary one - and live it out wholly and resolutely within himself. Everything else was would-be existence, an attempt at evasion, a flight back to the ideals of the masses, conformity and fear of one’s own inwardness."
"His passions make man live; his wisdom merely makes him last."
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."
"All I really wanted was to try and live the life that was spontaneously welling up within me. Why was that so very difficult?"
"Only awareness can make reality and only what’s real can become a dream and only from a dream, can you wake to the light."
"Our thoughts are to the individual as our art is to the community."
"Once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about."
"Is it possible, in the final analysis, for one human being to achieve perfect understanding of another?"
"Happiness is not easily won; it is hard to find it in ourselves, and impossible to find it elsewhere."
“I enter the surface of the canvas almost explosively.”
Verdier paints on sheets of paper or canvases spread out on the floor. Her painting is vertical, playing with gravity, the weight of the paintbrush, the load of the ink and her body. Suspended between heaven and earth, the paintbrush is guided by spirit and hand, its handle at times hanging from over 10 meters of rope and held in place by a pair of bicycle handlebars. Her physical engagement is key: together with preparatory ascetic practice and “suchness” (the path of spontaneous expression), it forms the basis of Verdier’s work. Beyond this spontaneity of the stroke, the ink flow is also guided in producing the work, in particular in her very large formats. Verdier thus disengages from the rules of Chinese painting: she can go on. add to and rework the matter until she finds just the right form.”