At the end of work the other day, I followed a few links that eventually led me to the Soundcloud page of “Conversations with Margaret Daniel” and I began listening. While I should have been heading home for the night, instead I found myself wanting to stay plugged into my computer, listening to this woman talk about the plants that populate her yard: Roses, camellias, azaleas, lilacs… The audio is a collage of many different conversations with this woman and the result is a wonderfully intimate, reflective, and touching look at what is alive and what is dead. “Whoever this Margaret Daniel is,” I thought, “She is a pleasure to spend time with.”

Turns out, Margaret Daniel is the childhood neighbor of photographer Susan Worsham. Worsham turned to Daniel as a subject after losing her brother, mother and father. This audio was played in the gallery for an exhibition of Worsham’s featuring Daniel.

You are introduced to Daniel with these words:

As you go through life, don’t forget to smell the flowers. … ‘Give me flowers while I’m living. Do not wait until I’m dead.’ They come with all these flowers. Mother said that’s the worst thing it could be. Why not do good for a human being while they know? When they’re gone, no matter how many flowers you pour on, it’s nothing.“

- Nell

Image by Susan Worsham courtesy of the artist

I recently visited the new photography exhibit at Candela Gallery of Susan Worsham’s work. Here is her artist statement:

“When I was 18 my brother took his own life on his first visit home after severing his spinal cord in a motorcycle accident. I had already lost my father to a heart attack at the age of thirteen, and finally in 2004 I lost my mother as well.

"Shortly after my mother passed I came across a set of antique veterinary slides. They were some of the most interesting things that I had ever seen. They seemed to hold beauty and death at the same time. I framed 90 of them in a long wooden frame resembling the shape of the slide itself. It was the first piece of art that I made after my mother died.

"I called the piece a watercolor because of the collection of pastel colors, but it was also a sort of poem when you got close and read the titles…Rabbit’s Lung, Fowl’s spleen, and even Human Umbilical Cord. I then went on to photograph my old childhood home as well as my oldest neighbor, Margaret Daniel. She is one of the last remaining threads from my childhood and was the last person to see my brother alive. Russell’s last day was a Sunday, and Margaret  brought him a loaf of her homemade bread (his favorite). He finished the whole loaf, and when my mother and Margaret went for a walk, he shot himself.

"The story came full circle when one day Margaret brought out her dissection kit and microscope slides. I had forgotten that she had been a biology teacher, and here she was holding the same sort of slides that I was so fascinated with. Margaret’s microscope and slides have since become a metaphor for my own desire to look deeper into the landscape of my childhood. From the flora and fauna to the feelings, Margaret calls it ‘blood work.’

"I can remember one particular time when I visited Margaret. I looked out of her large picture window and saw what looked like a nest or hammock of small red berries draped between the winter trees. I asked Margaret what it was. She answered, 'Why that’s Bittersweet. Bittersweet On Bostwick Lane.'”

I was able to connect really well with the work. I think it’s because of how sentimental Worsham is and how all of her pieces have an individual story behind them, yet successfully connect with each other in a visual way. Just walking into the exhibit, I could sense that there was something very fragile about it. 

I recently had the lenses in my glasses replaced, and I was able to keep the old ones. They reminded me of the little glass slides that Worsham found, just in how delicate they are and how much of a purpose they have served. These lenses are what I’ve seen parts of my world through and in a symbolic sense, are a medium of perception. I was then reminded of the first painting that I did last school year - the self portrait I painted without wearing contacts. I am considering using these lenses in a sculpture that references something similar. I feel like they would be an affective material due to their sentimental quality. 

Click this photo for Susan Worsham’s full exhibit at Candela Gallery.


Steven Spielberg + Oscar Nominated Performances

1977, Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Melinda Dillon (Close Encounters of the Third Kind)

1985, Best Actress in a Leading Role: Whoopi Goldberg (The Color Purple

1985, Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Margaret Avery (The Color Purple)

1985, Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Oprah Winfrey (The Color Purple)

1993, Best Actor in a Leading Role: Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List)

1993, Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Ralph Fiennes (Schindler’s List)

1997, Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Anthony Hopkins (Amistad)

1998, Best Actor in a Leading Role: Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan)

2002, Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher Walken (Catch Me If You Can

2012, Best Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) WINNER

2012, Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)

2012, Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Sally Field (Lincoln)

anonymous asked:

Hola, ¿que fc's quieren ver por acá? ¿Aún quedan seleccionadas?

¡Hola, belleza! Dado a que has preguntado por las seleccionadas (que están cerradas de forma permanente, pero contamos con otros cupos femeninos como empleadas, doncellas, guardias e institutrices), voy a suponer que quieres un par de sugerencias de rostros femeninos, ¿no es así? Aquí va:

Maddie Hasson, Maia Mitchell, Nina Dobrev, Candice Accola, Claire Holt, Danielle Campbell, Eliza Taylor, Deborah Ann Woll, Mila Kunis, Amanda Seyfried, Emily Kinney, Alexandra Daddario, Taylor Momsen, Kaya Scodelario, Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan, Billie Piper, Danielle Panabaker, Margaret Qualley, Emily Meade.