Don’t be cliché, words of wisdom from Marcel Proust.

Whenever we hear a cliché or buzzword our eyes start to glaze over. Clichés seem superficial and insincere, buzzwords are pretentious and temporarily trendy expressions. Marcel Proust couldn’t help but cringe at people who used cliché phrases. His sentiments are as relevant today as they were in his time, social media incessantly feeds us stock expressions, the media churns out shallow portrayals of life. We must disenthral our minds from the trite, conventional ways of expression and unravel ourselves from our habit of imitation — Proust thought art can help us to that. Art reminds us to try a little harder to be authentic, and helps us find a deeper, more genuine way of expressing ourselves.

proustphoto“Our vanity, our passions, our spirit of imitation, our abstract intelligence, our habits have long been at work, and it is the task of art to undo this work of theirs, making us travel back in the direction from which we have come to the depths where what has really existed lies unknown within us.”

— Marcel Proust, Time Regained





Don’t be cliché. Life is more broad, exciting, weird, imaginative with art:

CristinablueDesprezar Ouro e Diamantes #3
(Disregard Gold and Diamonds #3)
by Cristina Troufa from Lisbon

pinkplanetPink Planet
by Sasha Baranovskaya from Omsk

fotografiaFotografía POPULAR
by Jesús Devia from Tachira

by Rory Midhani from Berlin

beekeeper2The Beekeeper II NEW
by Dan Des Eynon from South Wales

by Sarah Schneider from Pittsburgh

marbling1Marbling 01 POPULAR
by Nuria Riaza from Valencia

driftingapartDrifting Apart
by Max Grunfeld from Hamburg

by Emily Lau from Hong Kong

Alice Zhang

Alice Zhang

Creative Director at Stew