art by Arlene Kim Suda

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week 22: to understand the world

Posted on June 3, 2012 by aks

There are no more deserts. There are no more islands. Yet there is a need for them. In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion; in order to serve men better, one has to hold them at a distance for a time.

– from the essay The Stop in Oran, 1939 by Albert Camus

I feel lucky to have come across this essay by Camus just when I needed it. I often struggle between my instinctive need for solitude and my desire to remain connected with people and the world in general. Camus’ words remind me that they are not polar opposite needs but rather extremes that balance each other out and are both important in their own way. In some way, these interior paintings reflect this idea – they juxtapose a private, indoor life against a window to the world.

Front Window, gouache on paper, 15 x 11 inches


Window (sketch), pencil on paper, 10 x 10 inches


Turn Away (loosely after Ideal Sans), ink on paper, 10 x 10 inches

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