the ultimate expression of art


Some expression meme stuff. (Not labeling because i deleted the requests with each finished one so lol!) I still have a set to go but I feel like I’m done for now! Here’s the Papyruses separate because I can only do 10 images as part of a photoset:

facts for the moon signs

Aries moons want to explore and feel adrenaline, they hate being bored

Taurus moons are classy with very good taste, they don’t want any bull shit in their lives

Gemini moons are constantly looking for ways to stimulate theirs minds, mostly through discussions

Cancer moons are great motivators and supporters to their friends and family

Leo moons like to take risks and usually they’re lucky with it

Virgo moons always think they did a bad job when really they did amazing and super jittery/twitchy when stressed

Libra moons love fashion and the arts, it’s their ultimate way of expressing themselves

Scorpio moons always look really pissed off or something 24/7

Sagittarius moons have a pure love for humanity and make great teachers and tutors

Capricorn moons hate crowds, they feel more at peace when at home or work

Aquarius moons base their decisions on logic and don’t mind being the strange one in the friend group

Pisces moons are very empathetic and have very good judgement of people in general

I fundamentally think art in its current state isolates itself from the general public through gallery/collector culture and the idea that there’s a Right way to look at and critique art and like…being an artist is such a self-serving thing. Like we like to think we’re helping people by connecting with them and expressing very complex visual ideas but it’s ultimately wasteful…like art can’t have a function other than to be observed and that’s Fucked

I think that’s why I’m so in love with combining art and craft bc a lot of my work could easily function as another thing. Like I would be elated if someone bought one of my pillows and just like cuddled w it every night.

Anyway I think taking use objects (like craft works) and stripping them of their intended function and injecting them with the function of “object-to-be-looked-at” is a queering of function in a capitalist society and I’m loving it ©


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anonymous asked:

Rohan making his s/o a character in his manga headcannons/scenario??? Nice blog btw!

Thanks Anon 💗

- He won’t tell you that he’s basing a charachter off of you and you’re so used to him asking you to pose for sketches that you don’t question it when he orders a custom outfit and has you model it for him
- It isn’t until Koichi comes up to you and compliments your charachter in Pink Dark Boy that you find out. You ask him what he’s talking about and he pulls out the latest issue to show you
- You’re stunned by what you see. Rohan has drawn you beautifully, which isn’t surprising, but the way he has made your character so strong and dependable is. You wonder if this is how he truly sees you, as his art to him is the ultimate form of expression and he wouldn’t produce anything that wasn’t 100% real to him
- When you get to his house you go straight to him and ask him about the character. He continues drawing and says that he simply “draws what he sees, as reality makes for the best story”
- When you admit that you’re worried that people won’t like your character he scoffs because the charachter is in his manga and it’s based off of you his partner, therefore people will like them
- He’s absolutely right, people love your character and he recieves fanart of them in the mail, fans write letters talking about how likeable the character is, and Rohan makes a point of dragging you to his next signing so that you can see the huge amount of people who are either cosplaying your character or wearing merchandise with them on it
- He’s incredibly smug about it and happily informs you that he told you so

EXCLUSIVE: For Amber Tamblyn, Having a Child Is the Ultimate Expression of Art

It has been a busy year for actress-director-author Amber Tamblyn. She’s released her feature directorial debut, is starring in a play and just gave birth to her first child.

At 34, Tamblyn is more than used to juggling a personal life and a professional one. She’s been working for over two decades, beginning with General Hospital and then becoming a household face as Joan on the CBS drama Joan of Arcadia before playing Tibby in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. But it’s this new job that’s completely unique to her.

“To have my first Mother’s Day as a mother is just wild,” says Tamblyn, who married actor David Cross in 2012. And since her self-ascribed motto is “Never mind, I’ll do it” – also the same name as her production company – she’ll most likely be taking to her new and busier schedule as mother, writer, director and actress like a moth to the flame.

MORE: Why Amber Tamblyn Likes Pal Amy Schumer’s Balls

“I’ve always felt a sense of, ‘Nothing’s going to get done unless I do it myself,’” she says over the phone from her apartment in New York City. “So often I’ll ask someone to do something and then they do it wrong or they don’t do it at all.”

Unwittingly proving her point, Tamblyn is pumping milk for her 3-month-old Marlow while also talking to us over the phone as she readies for the opening of Paint It Black, her directorial debut that she co-wrote with Ed Dougherty and adapted from Janet Fitch’s novel of the same name. (The film opens in theaters on Friday, May 19.) In addition, it is her mother’s 70th birthday and her own birthday was a day earlier, on her very first Mother’s Day. ET gets a few unbridled moments of Tamblyn’s dwindling time to discuss new motherhood, why men get in the way of women’s success and what’s next to add to her busy schedule.

What has being a mom taught you about your own mother?
Oh boy, do you have five or six hours?

I think that I’ve always appreciated mothers and women, but my appreciation and understanding is at another level now. Women are so incredible, and what we’re able to do, even those of us that don’t have kids – because it’s not always just about having kids – is absolutely exceptional. I mean, men are amazing, but they’re just not women. Women are on another game-changing level.

[With the timing of everything today] it’s interesting you’d ask me that question, because it’s certainly been heavily on my mind. Even in the early days of being a mother, it has challenged me in so many ways. It’s also made me more sure of my art than I ever was. Before, I would question things, I would wonder and really have to mine for something. Now, I just feel like I’m on fire with ideas and I can’t put the fire out; it’s just burning up everything in a great way.

So having had a child has made you more creative?
Yes, it has. Perhaps because it feels like the ultimate expression of art; I feel like I have an understanding of my voice and what I want to say more than I ever did before. Much of my life has been on the interior recently – meaning I’ve been talking to this person that’s growing inside of me and singing to that person at night, and my interior monologue just going all the time. The voice in my head is different [from my exterior voice], and because that’s been able to grow and flourish, it’s made my exterior that much stronger.

Independent filmmakers often describe bringing their first film out into the world as bringing their first child into it. This is usually from women; was that true for you at all?
I would say not for me, but only because I have been acting for 24 years. I had a real understanding of the dynamic that happens on set, what a director does, their purpose, what makes a good performance and what kind of shot tells what needs to be told in the moment. With a baby, I think I’d maybe changed two diapers in my entire life. That learning curve was so steep. Directing was not a steep learning curve at all for me. I would say that [directing and mothering] are both very importantly rooted in your gut instinct, and that is something that women are taught not to listen to from a young age.

Has there been something specific that anyone has told you to do as an actor or director when you knew your gut feeling was right?
Oh God, yes. That is my entire [professional] life’s experience. It’s why directing was so important for me to do. In writing my poetry and in acting, people – and when I say “people,” I mean men, because both industries are predominately male – have told me to do something different than what I felt was right. And that really is a unique feeling, when it’s a man telling you to change something rather than a woman telling you to change or do something different.

I had a [male] poet once tell me I should write under a pseudonym because people would take me more seriously, which is, like, insanely offensive. You know, I think any time I ever had an idea for something [on set], I was looked down on [for expressing that idea]. And I get it. Who wants a 14-year-old telling them how to direct their scene? But I was never bossy, I just had ideas. I found myself for many years keeping my mouth shut and just doing my best job acting, even though I would know – I would have this gut feeling that a particular project was not going to be great. I could tell when it was a director painting by numbers or not doing anything interesting or not allowing for the space and the time for us to do our work as actors. It was really nice for me to be able to challenge my own ideas and what I thought would be better and see if they worked or not.

And what about as a mother?
Nothing yet. It really is true what they say – that you come with a preexisting manual. It’s kind of wild. Obviously there’s a huge learning curve, and I know that some mothers don’t have this experience or struggle in other ways – I don’t speak for all women – but certainly there are these instinctive moments where I know, “Oh, she doesn’t like that because that’s cold,” or “She needs to be held in this position and that will stop her from crying.” Things like that, you would expect you needed to read up on or have someone tell you, but you don’t.

Your sense of humor is still shining through, we see. That stunt you pulled with the announcement of your daughter’s name. Why did you do it?
The question is, “Why not?” I think that celebrities and actors can be so self-absorbed and precious when they’re announcing babies. To each their own, but for me, I just had always thought it would be really funny to put out a very long-winded, ridiculous name and take it very seriously and make no mention of it being a joke.

Did you come up with that on your own, or was it part of your husband’s handiwork as well?
David and I did it together. We were home one night and I was having my first glass of wine in God only knows how many months and we came up with it together. We had a little writing session.

So do you get some breathing room now?
What is breathing room? I’m in a play, Can You Forgive Her?, that opens next weekend, the same weekend as my movie. We’re in previews right now, but we open on May 21. The playwright is this amazing woman, Gina Gionfriddo, who wrote Becky Shaw, for which she was nominated for a Pulitzer.

As for directing, I’ve got a couple ideas rolling around in my head, but the most important thing I need to do right now is get my publisher two books. I’ve been writing a novel for about the last two years and I have to get those pages in by July. And my next book of poems – which will be very political work about my experience campaigning for Hillary Clinton and the experience of being a woman in America, a particular type of hatred and misogyny. I don’t want to preach to the choir, but I want to write something that can open the conversation deeper and further about what misogyny is and how to identify it.

As for breathing room, for the foreseeable future there is none.

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*sees another post about how writers are “responsible” for punishing and calling out “problematic” characters in their work*

*considers reblogging with commentary about why prescriptivism and didacticism, no matter the cause they’re deployed for, ultimately only serve to circumscribe the full expression of human creativity*

*remembers that art and literature programs are severely underfunded in the USA and beyond, such that many people don’t have the opportunity to learn about and consider the power and subtlety of artistic expression unfettered by the fear of censure*

*remembers also that this website is an echo chamber of reductive analyses and anti-creative policing couched in the language of social justice*

*scrolls past post and vagueblogs instead because I’m tired and don’t want someone to doxx me"*



The #Dxpeshow presents: The Colors of Paranoia

This particular dance video serves as not only as an artistic expression from the minds of a few passionate college students but also a plea for more social awareness amongst college campuses; shot by Virginia Commonwealth University students Torian Ugworji & Corey Daniels whom have researched an experienced three tragic events around the time of the video recording. One female student died at a house party in the downtown Richmond area of the campus, another lit himself on fire in front of the police at his home, and finally the third was assaulted and hospitalized by the local campus Rite-aid pharmacy. Each victim’s general location, at the time of incident, is represented in the video by a caption on the screen and the recorded in the vicinity of the actual tragedies. After catching wind of the the project’s blueprint, fellow dancer member Jonathan Briley and I collaborated to create choreography from hip hop artist Chance The Rapper’s “Pusha Man/ Paranoia”. Both the tragedies and the lyrics in the song closely resemble each other and what better way to express one’s emotions then through art? Ultimately this masterpiece was created in the end due to God and the hard work that we all put into this production. I pray this video and many more like it open the eyes, hearts, and overall awareness of the realities of many college students these days. Be blessed and go with God.
- Malik Bannister

#Dxpeshow (Dance x Passionate Entertainment Show)

anonymous asked:

This is kind of random but I had a weird train of thought about the Odinic sacrifice of self to self and how as a trans individual it applies in strange ways, that you sacrifice your "old" self to become your "new" self. Does that sound like rubbish?

Not at all. In fact, if you’ll pardon me waxing lyrical on the subject, being cis and all, I think that’s entirely Odinic. In writing this, it’s not my attention  to tread on the lived experience of trans folk - if I say anything problematic here, please do let me know. I’m aware my perceptions are cis-privileged and hence limited 

See, in my experience, the Old Man has but one solitary fuck to give - to learn, to know, and to become..

I say this because he’s the Master of Fury. And in this context, that Fury is not anger - it’s what we might term a Force of Nature. Like a storm, like a hurricane or a flash-flood, like a river.

When it comes, you cannot stop it. You can only ride it, learn to survive it, and perhaps use its power to aid you. And, like a surfer, you are often carried into new and sometimes dangerous situations. Struggling against it will get you broken and bloody.

It’s as inescapable as gravity.

Now, I’m not trans, though I have family and other loved ones who are, and as you say, they have had to sacrifice many things to get where they are, to be able to present and express the identity that they feel is authentic to them.

And the Old Man? He gives no fucks who or what you are, in my experience. LGBTQIA? Fine. Straight? Cool. Crippled, chronically ill or in pain, non-neurotypical, mentally ill?  He understands and will help you navigate that. 

He says it straight up in the Havamal:

The first charm I know is unknown to rulers
Or any of human kind;
Help it is named,
for help it can give In hours of sorrow and anguish.

He can take the gravity, the limitations of any given situation, and by taking a breath, can reveal the variables and the cracks and holes and paths which will get you through anything and every obstacle.

If there’s ever a Western deity that embodies the principles of wu-wei, it’s the Wanderer, because he knows exactly what buttons to push and when - precisely where to strike. In my more strange moments, I compare him to Bruce Lee.

“Well, here I am as a human being. How can I express myself, totally and completely? That way, you won’t create a style - because style is a crystalization - you know, because that way is a process of continuing growth


To me, at least the way I teach it, all knowledge is self-knowledge…To me, to me, ok? Ultimately martial art means honestly expressing yourself. Now, it is very difficult to do…to express oneself honestly, not lying to oneself….

Be formless, shapeless - like water. Pour water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You pour water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it into the teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

(All these quotes can be found in the video below, which is well worth a watch, even if you’re not a martial artist because it has some very interesting points about dogma and strategy.)

The process of continuing growth Lee speaks of is very much Odinic. The ‘sacrifice’ of the self is the consecration of the body-mind-existence to the fullest expression of Being. Only then can we serve others and ourselves to the fullest extent. Only then can we serve, not merely as bottles or cups or tea-pots for the inspired, vital flows of Life and the kosmos at large. Only then can we participate in the onrush, reclaiming our places as members of the furious host, or the corpus of restless seekers after knowledge, wisdom and experience - even beyond and through what we call ‘death’.

Each of us has a Source, not in some nebulous new age sense, but in the context of something that nourishes our roots and strengthens us. Each of us has an original Mind, from which we arise, sprung forth from the frothing ferment of the blood-cauldron, the mead-kettle.

Each of us is nourished by that constant upwelling, once we recognise it, once we discover it - it carries us onwards into the eternal Now of Mythic time.

Odin has but that one fuck. Gender means naught, sexuality means naught - and I include asexuality in that. Any and all comers, he’ll take em all, if only for a moment, to spin you off in an advantageous direction.

Lee’s words, incidentally, highlight the artificial construction and distinction of ‘warrior’ we see in Heathenry, and when dealing with Odin. He’s not some dudebro. He’s a canny shape-changing fucker - the only references we have to the Old Man in a direct fight (as far as I can recall) are potentially at Ragnarok when he faces Fenrir.  And even then, he ‘loses’.

(I put ‘loses’ in inverted commas, mostly due to UPG involving precisely why the wolf isn’t killed in a traditional manner, but torn open.)

In contrast, we have the Thunderer, who’s known for crushing giant-skulls and generally being a combat badass, as well as protector of mankind. Yet for Odin, when we do see  him  the battlefield, it’s often at the beginning, or pulling some sort of trick to get his chosen hero killed in order that they join his crew of undead mad bastards, criminals and/or poet-magicians.

So to sum up, I don’t think anon is far off at all. In fact I view  much of the LGBTQIA experience (I’m aware there isn’t just one btw) as a courageous coming-to-self-knowledge, sometimes in the face of social and physical hostility, which, to me, is right up the Allfather’s alley..