Hope is also a verb, an action, (not a thing that you feel)and this means that it is on a different axis to optimism and pessimism (and also anxiety) –to my mind, this distinction is important to notice and pay attention to, here in the dark months.
Exploring hope again. So I am continuing work on my essay, writing about hope in the work of visual artists, but I’m also thinking about hope in my own work. How that might be. I have started a short writing workshop , and have been introduced to a powerful poem by Denise Levertov, ‘For the […]
A thread of thought today, about an artist who connects imagination with hope: The photographer Janelle Lynch has recently made a series of photographs called Another way of Looking at Love, photographs that I saw at the Prix Pictet ‘hope’ exhibition. The photographs are displayed as large format colour prints portraying plant communities. The pictures […]
Today, I’m thinking and writing again about hope and contemporary art. The thought which I want to follow up just a little today is that an art which is hopeful must address trauma also. It must look at the past and it must look at violence, and it must seek to be with the pain […]
In my post today I just want to share with you a little bit about my research into an artwork in Liverpool called the Granby Winter Garden. This is part of my writing work about hope in art. The writer Rebecca Solnit, talking about hope, and its relationship with the past and with grief and […]
Rebecca Solnit, concludes her book “Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities.” with this sentence: “Today is also the day of creation.”