On love and art or this is love, this is what it does to you.

If you’ve ever let go of love – you should probably read/watch this.

I’d already posted a link to this video and original source but all the social media buzz of late has been on SXSW. I think this story is too good to miss though.

Art- whether music, poems, paintings, photography..they all express what the heart captures and words fail to say. I don’t have the answers or the formulas, but I will say this: I saw this video, and like all good romantics it brought tears to my eyes, though not because of the reunion and shock factor. No, it was that a two people could love each other so much, with such intensity yet know that separation was the best thing for them. The strength to maintain that separation is profound. Too many people today settle, rather than go through the pain of letting go. Amicable separation means that when you do let go, you will find that there is respect for the reasons of ending but the love and feelings remain, no matter how deeply buried.

I can’t say that I quite understand Marina Abramovic but I do know that this elicits respect. Here is the prelude to the story from Zen Garage:

Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again.

At her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, where she shared a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing and this is what happened.”

To borrow from Jack Kerouac – this is love, this is what it does to you.

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