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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A trib-Hugh-te

Ah Valentines day. Hello again

In the past few weeks, these cartoons seem to have captured the hopes, spirit and vacancy of that which is the day of love (subject to debate of course). One of my friends/readers, not a nomad by choice but rather work necessity, wrote recently on the blog posts, that as she reads, her responses are the to the effect, “Ahhhhh yessss meeee tooooo!” That’s what these cartoons do for me. Reminders of happy times, some teary times, times which are reflected upon with a nostalgic sigh and solicit glimmers of hope for the dreams and hopes and tomorrows and tomorrows. Valentine’s day in Finland is celebrated as ‘friends day.’ Indeed my Hugh print sits in Finland awaiting my next nomadic destination so it can find a suitable spot on the wall. When I first met a certain someone, there was a Hugh cartoon on the back of their business card and so it began…

Here you can find the Valentines set. Today’s post therefore are the ones which for me  garnered a giggly snicker, a smile of course and sometimes sigh.  Enjoy.

Here’s one from our fuzzy friends:

An this one takes me back to Finland, where it all started, best accompanied with Nat King Cole’s ‘Nature Boy’: