roosblog

Delicate stories for a stranger: Art by Roos van der Vliet from the Netherlands

Cities generate stories of lonely people, because urban life produces strangers continuously. Each day we stand almost shoulder to shoulder, occupying the same space and breathing the same air, yet we know so little about each other. Art by Roos van der Vliet gives us what we need when nothing is familiar: a recognizable face, a stranger that feels how we feel, someone we can ally with in rough weather. Her work pinpoints the unexplained rapport between strangers. Their enchanting hair reminds us to appreciate hidden beauty and stories, the melancholic sweetness in their eyes urges us to have more humility. Art cures the loneliness of strangers and helps us group and regenerate.

In her own words:
As long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by the human face and its expressions, but maybe even more important: I’m fascinated by what’s behind this face. We’re used to judge a book by it’s cover, a person by its appearance. In a world this big, you can feel anonymous and small when looking at the world through nothing more than a small pair of eyes. The important thing for me is that I feel that there is a connection between us, not needing to be explained easily. Would it be strange to think that there are in fact more people like you or me, people who are actually quite the same?
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spontaneousblog

Let’s just wing it! Be more spontaneous with art.

No matter how many plans you make or how much in control you are, life is always winging it. Sometimes, plans are invitations to disappointment. How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, over-analyzing, Googling and hashtagging? Art, on the other hand, is created from wonderful bits of outburst. Art helps brings back some of the spontaneity that we’ve lost after a decades of technological change. Living spontaneously means having the confidence to respond to any outcome. Art reminds us to live more eccentrically, adventurously and spontaneously.

The most thrilling things are done on impulse.

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socialcommentaryblog

Moving forward: Art with social commentary leads to a life with action.

Art with social commentary expands our perceptiveness about our time, the world, ourselves and the capacity to connect with others. Like reporters, analysts and documentary film makers, young artists on Stew take on the role of social critics, investigating and drawing conclusions on everyday life. Their subjects range from the daily struggles of working life, our addiction to social media and the personal anxieties and emotional complexities unique to our generation. Serious topics are dealt with in an elegant, calming and uplifting tone. These artworks exude love for our cities, they celebrate the idealsself-awarenesshumor and resilience needed to build a better future. Art makes us aware of the virtues that may be missing now, but are crucial to a more meaningful life. Surround yourself with art that inspires change, they are the foundations for our future success.

Art with social commentary leads to a life with action.

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givemethenightblog

The night is yours.

To the insomniac brain, the night is an oasis. When we’re alone and in touch with the universe, daring ideas twinkle, imperfections turn into masterpieces. Out from the labyrinth of day, with tea mugs in hand, art and the dim hours help us think passionately. We need more art about the importance of monologues, what it’s like to encounter ourselves. Inspiration blooms far into the night; big, visionary plans start here.

A little insomnia is a good thing. Art about the night helps us gather and grow:

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funfeatureblog

Hey, let’s have some fun!

Blink and it’s August! Being busy exaggerates the speed of our lives. We’re often feeling alienated, too serious, too anxious for what’s ahead, so much that we forget to have fun today. Owning art is like having a friend speak for you when you can’t find the words — someone from far away with your sense of humor — who articulates the delights and longings you’ve felt all along. Having art within reach means having your own little patch of paradise, a handy reminder to be more inquisitive, brave and goofy, a more complete version of yourself.

Fun — it’s this crazy (universal) thing where people smile and laugh and are generally pleased, it overrides daily stress! Find it in art and in life. (more…)

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friendsblog

Who’s your Best Friend?

Friendship is the hardest thing to explain, it can only be demonstrated by moments. Eleonora Arosio illustrates the enjoyable silence that bonds good friends. We have forgotten that we belong to each other, art reminds us of kinship, isn’t everyone a part of everyone else? Art takes us back to the last day of school, that afternoon by the ocean, one night of a thousand memories. Friends are part of the glue that holds life together. Art about friendship testifies the opposite of loneliness.

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