Neil Gaiman. (via iqfashion)
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
The fear of abstract art is that it could be interpreted in many ways, and who knows what you could read into a painting that didn’t have a clear message? One of the obsessions that the Soviet Union and the eastern European communist parties had was always controlling the message — all information that everybody gets has to be carefully controlled and monitored. Art was no exception, art was supposed to tell a story, it was supposed to have a happy ending, it was supposed to teach, it was supposed to support the ideals of the party. There was no such thing as art for art’s sake and there was no such thing as art reaching into some kind of spiritual, wordless realm. No, art was done in service of the state and it was something that was going to help mold people and create citizens who do what the state tells them, and who follow the rules.Anne Applebaum on the fear of abstract art in communist culture in the period after World War II (via nprfreshair)