Be My Spirit

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“Since the so-called Age of Enlightenment, our shaky anthropocentric, rationalist egos have been 
brainwashed to forget what 'primitive' cultures once understood: Animals can be manifestations of 
celestial beings in disguise; they possess supernatural abilities, and they can be our spiritual guides 
and healers.” 

― Zeena Schreck, Beatdom #11: The Nature Issue

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Next week in my Etsy shop...

Film Recommendation / La Grande Bellezza (2013)

by  Paolo Sorrentino .
  Starring wonderful  Toni Servillo as a journalist Jep Gambardella, who once wrote a famous novel in his twenties,
only to retire into a comfortable life writing cultural columns and throwing parties in Rome. After his 65th birthday party,
where he is feted at his plush apartment overlooking the Coliseum, he walks through the ruins and city streets,
encountering the various characters, reflecting on his life, his first love, and sense of unfulfillment. (source; Wikipedia)
  La Grande Bellezza is a  xtraordinary film full of lavish richness, strangeness and sadness.
It goes from tragicomedy to pure philosophy, from grotesque to crystal poetry. It weaves it's magic around you with
brilliant performance by Toni Servillo (Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello's screenplay) and mesmerising Luca Bigazzi's
cinematography until you are completely seduced with it's "la grande bellezza".  

Jep Gambardella: This is how it always ends. With death. But first there was life, hidden beneath the blah, blah, blah... It's all 
settled beneath the chitter chatter and the noise, silence and sentiment, emotion and fear. The haggard, inconstant flashes of 
beauty. And then the wretched squalor and miserable humanity. All buried under the cover of the embarrassment of being in 
the world, blah, blah, blah... Beyond there is what lies beyond. And I don't deal with what lies beyond. 
Therefore... let this novel begin. After all... it's just a trick. Yes, it's just a trick.

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Happy Birthday Jole!

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I painted this cups and saucers for my friend's birthday present. It is inspired by 
Art Nouveau 'cause she is Art Nouveau lover - obviously.
It is painted with parisian blue and gold color but here on the photo this gold
color looks like beige... I just thought you should know.  :-)


DOC. Recommendation / Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

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Jean-Michel Basquiat 

Basquiat (American, 1960–1988), one of the first African-American artists to reach international stature and wealth
in the art world, had a short but prolific career, rising to fame early for his fusion of multicultural symbols, biting
social commentary, distinctive graphic style, and often temperamental personality. He was a pop icon, cultural
figure, graffiti artist, musician, and neo-expressionist painter.

He delved into the urban 1980s avant-garde culture of New York City, creating wildly expressive paintings, which
earned him considerable acclaim by 1982. Basquiat combined African, Aztec, Hispanic, and ancient Roman and Greek
imagery with his own invented iconography and graphic mark. Ever conscious of his identity as an African-American
in the art world, Basquiat’s work was rife with imagery commenting on race relations in America.

He died of a drug overdose in 1988, ending a brief but brilliant and unique career.

I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.
(Jean-Michel Basquiat)

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child is a 2010 documentary film about Jean-Michel Basquiat.
It is based on footage which director Tamra Davis took when they met in 1985.