[amor fati ☕️] vol.9 glitter, milk, & paddy field bookstores
snapshots of my last moments of 2020
AmorFati is a mood board of art, poetry, architecture, photography, and design that has personally inspired me.
last moments of my 2020
milk and glitter baths
bookstores in paddy fields
A R T
In Ted Chin’s surreal dreamland, it’s not uncommon to see massive anglerfish swimming through the sky or a figure scooping up shooting stars. The San Francisco-based artist merges idyllic landscapes and outdoor scenes with fantastical details, choosing to upturn an evergreen in mid-air or position an oversized octopus underneath a floating house.
“Pulse” is comprised of countless white line drawings that are meticulously intertwined and superimposed on 60 glass panels. When illuminated, they mimic scores of nautilus spirals, coral, vines, and botanics that sway and throb in glowing masses.
Rachael Talibart writes that “the rhythm of the tides, tethered to the waxing and waning of the moon, shapes our very sense of time.” The U.K.-based photographer captures the ebb and flow of the English coastline through photographs that frame both erupting waves and the days surrounding violent storms
Spread flat or folded in shapeless piles, Cecil Kemperink’s bulky chain sculptures contrast the solid ceramic material with the flexibility of their shapes.
P H O T O G R A P H Y
This weeks photography section is supplied by me. Some of my favorite moments I captured as 2020 closed out.
“You don’t get to hate San Francisco unless you love it”
Salt Lake City salt flats
Photos of my roommates - I learned that milk poured into water makes for beautifully ethereal photos.
A rainy SF evening after the election results were announced. I looked outside my window and took this photo.
Post-election, I walked around the city - from Golden Gate Park to North Beach’s City Lights Bookstore. Cautious hope permeated the atmosphere. The start of a 4-year exhale.
During Thanksgiving weekend, I airbnb’d a small cottage in Emerald Hills. Physical reset preludes a mental one.
A small side street in SF’s Chinatown. There’s always something so foreign yet at-home about strings of dimly pulsating lanterns.
Weekend trip to Paso Robles, CA
A R C H I T E C T U R E
Drove around Salt Lake City hills and unabashedly took photos of beautiful architecture. I loved the Mondrian-esque style of these double-stacked windows.
HOUSE B. / SWITZERLAND
Architecture: Gus Wüstemann, Zurich, Barcelona
Nu Villa, Indonesia
Architect : Inly Studio
Location : Chiang Mai, Thailand
Trace Architecture Office has inserted a bookshop and cafe into old rammed earth gables of a long-abandoned house in rural China.
W O R D S
"Suffering is the privilege of those who feel."
— Clarice Lispector, from The Complete Stories: “ Brasília; Splendor,”
"I want to live only for ecstasy. Small doses, moderate loves, all half-shades, leave me cold. I like extravagance."
"We must live our lives to the full, loving and suffering to extremes."
— Franz Liszt, from a letter to Marie D’Agoult written c. September 1834
"She was haunted by the ghosts of phrases. She gave herself up to a sensual delight in the combinations of words. She sought them in the pages of her favorite authors."
— Virginia Woolf, from The Complete Works; “Night and Day,”
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