A point of departure


It’s no surprise that we all have an appetite for adventure — travel is the world’s biggest industry. Travel can be more than sightseeing, travel is only the beginning. It’s unexpected when you find when the nondescript service station more admirable than the guidebook monuments, and most moving, the lovelorn goodbyes of strangers at the station. Art and travel reminds us that we live a perpetual parting of ways, an endless flux of distance and proximity. Browse art that inspires you to venture out on the coldest days, to appreciate the unanticipated, to linger on every experience, then return with something valuable.

Find your way… or make one!


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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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