Let us have Men, Men who will say a word to their souls and keep it — keep it not when it is easy, but keep it when it is hard — keep it when the storm roars and there is a white-streaked sky and blue thunder before, and one’s eyes are blinded and one’s ears deafened with the war of opposing things, and keep it under the long leaden sky and the gray dreariness that never lifts. Hold unto the last: that is what it means to have a Dominant Idea, which Circumstance cannot break. And such men make and unmake Circumstance.
Voltairine de Cleyre, “The Dominant Idea”

Portrait of an Accident





Micah Scott + Eden Gallanter – February 2014 – Ink and graphite

cheimonette: This was one of our first pieces, and we didn’t know what we were doing, but it seemed right that each stage of the drawing satisfied us, and Micah happened to begin by drawing a simple shape, a circle, whose regular geometry we then enthusiastically disrupted. This was a drawing in which everything just worked, without much effort on either of our parts to integrate our styles or the piece itself.

We had hit on a good approach to drawing together, we just didn’t yet know why.

I remember Micah saying “I’m not used to solving someone else’s problems” as she was applying her stippling technique, and we both started talking about leadership, and how to share it between us. It felt wonderful, being able to trust each other to have similar skills and to make good decisions from different perspectives—in other words, we trusted each other to see problems the other missed and to share similar artistic goals.

We also began to make the most of our different talents and drawing experience—Micah with her stippled dots, me with my linework and shading. At this point, we hadn’t begun to deliberately pass off problems we thought the other would be better at solving, but I think we naturally began to gravitate towards our respective specialties, and to admire each other’s approaches to breaking the circle.

It was a completely unique experience for both of us, working on a project in which we felt equally matched.

scanlime: I’ve been noticing a pattern in our collaborative work; there’s a balance to strike between chaos and smoothness. Chaos primes the imagination. It gives us problems to creatively solve, or springboards for inspiration. Chaos alone is uncomfortable to look at. Humans aren’t well adapted to see beauty in so much randomness. As an artist, part of my job is to adventure into this chaos and extract bits of it using an aesthetic that offers constraints and narrative.

In this piece, Eden and I struck a natural balance. I started the with a simple but imperfect shape: a collection of rough sketchy curves, a broken circle. The fissures and conflicts in this shape generated further conflicts, but our answers to each other’s challenges ended up solidifying into something more unified.

This aesthetic unification feels like something of a microcosm for collaboration. If aesthetic is the process of applying constraints to chaos, I feel like the outcome we stumbled upon here was to take turns setting up a playground that we both found creatively motivating.

After starting in pencil, I switched to stippling dots and continued that way for the rest of the drawing. Once Eden had created surfaces and edges for me to respond to, I enjoyed creating tactile and visual algorithms through the dots, and letting those algorithms play out across the geometry she introduced.

This whole experience has been so motivating. I feel like after so many lackluster collaboration experiences in my past, it’s been amazing to taste what’s possible.

(Reblogged from thecrystalandthedemon)
Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch a little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful. I look for a certain kind of fish that is important to me, one that can translate to my art. But there are all kinds of fish swimming down there. There are fish for business, fish for sports. There are fish for everything.
Creativity and My First Meditation - David Lynch on meditation. (via benkudria)
(Reblogged from benkudria)


1. The scientific study of congenital abnormalities and abnormal formations.
2. Mythology relating to fantastic creatures and monsters.


The process by which congenital malformations are produced in an embryo or fetus.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Presented, an opportunity to confuse through obscurity

gnome /nōm/ (N)

1. A legendary dwarfish creature supposed to guard the earth’s treasures underground.

2. A short statement encapsulating a general truth; a maxim.

I just had one of those realizations which cascaded like a flood, causing me to reassess events and encounters farther and farther back into my past. A strange turn of perspective.

But then, when your old theories and reality clash, it’s no good to rage against reality - it can only carry on solemnly operating in accordance to its own true ways.


  1. A jukebox, originally one operated by the insertion of a nickel coin.
  2. A movie theater with an admission fee of one nickel.

Government logic.

Arresting image.

(Reblogged from chaipierce)