Avec mon amie tally-art nous nous étions lancé ce petit jeu-défi cet été: prendre une expression bien de chez eux et l’illustrer de manière très littérale dans sa traduction bien de chez nous. Voilà les premiers résultats de mon côté. 

With my friend tally-art we had this little game last summer: to illustrate an expression using its litteral translation. Here are the first results.

I have a little boy…

A little boy who likes to wear tutus. A little boy who likes to dance. A little boy who loves to paint and a little boy who hums happy tunes all day long.

A comment came.

A comment too riddled with prejudice for me to repeat. A warning to me to be careful. A warning to not encourage such things or I’ll regret it later.

And so to this person I say nothing. For my words to her will change nothing. But to my little boy I say this, for my words can change everything.

I say dance. And not just hip-hop dancing — wear that blue tutu that you love and twirl and twirl.

I say wear whatever clothes you want. Wear blue because you like blue, not because it’s a boys’ color. And if you like pink, well, wear pink. And if you want to wear your sister’s dress, then heck, go ahead and do that too.

What’s that? Well of course you can wear fairy wings. Oh, and a firefighter’s hat too? Sure. And you know what? I’ll wear one too. And we’ll all head out for a walk, dressed in our glad rags, laughing and giggling.

Shall we play with clay today, Mommy? Sure. Shall we add some sparkly beads? Sure. And why not? Are pretty things that sparkle only to be enjoyed by girls?

Do you want to play soccer, Mommy? Sure do, buddy. But let’s play it because it brings you joy, not because it’s a boys’ sport. And maybe after we finish we can go inside and finish that tea party we were playing this morning?

I have a little boy.

He is a boy. He is a child. He likes to play. He builds blocks and plays house. He plays soccer and dances on tippy-toes.

He really couldn’t care less if he uses a pink toothbrush or a blue one. And neither could I.

And neither should you.

I have a little boy.


A Message for My Little Boy Who Likes to Wear Tutus | Kate Gribble

I got chills. 


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Real Madrid vs Barcelona 3:1, 25.10.14 (3’ Neymar, 35’ Cristiano Ronaldo (pen), 50’ Pepe, 61’ Karim Benzema)

I am an expression of the divine, just like a peach is, just like a fish is. I have a right to be this way…I can’t apologize for that, nor can I change it, nor do I want to… We will never have to be other than who we are in order to be successful…We realize that we are as ourselves unlimited and our experiences valid. It is for the rest of the world to recognize this, if they choose.

What are the major themes you pursue in your work?
I´ve always worked with the figure. I´ve tried to distance myself from it, but so far I’ve been unsuccessful. The strange world of humanity keeps holding my fascination. There is so much controversy, misery and beauty out there in the world.

A couple of years ago my work was mostly dealing with my own inner issues and difficulties. I´ve moved on from there to grasp something broader, but who knows, I might come back to it. I do believe that artists who make art directly derived from their personal life are easy to relate to as a viewer, because it´s all universal, isn´t it?

Learn more about artist to watch, Angela Maasalu.