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THE BEAUTIFUL AWFUL: HOW AN ARTIST FOUND BEAUTY IN IMPERFECTION

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“Cry, Heart, but never break. Let your tears of grief and sadness help begin new life.” What would life be worth if there were no death? Who would enjoy the sun if it never rained? Who would yearn for the day if there were no night? “Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead,” John Updike wrote, “so why … be afraid of death, when death comes all the time?” – Cry, Heart, But Never Break, by Glenn Ringtved

Alyssa Monks, a very talented artist, did this talk in honor of her family, her mum, and in hopes that someone who is going through any kind of loss would feel a little better, more hopeful, or just not alone. Here, she speaks about finding beauty and inspiration in the unknown, the unpredictable and even the awful. In a poetic, intimate talk, she describes the interaction of life, paint and canvas through her development as an artist, and as a human being. You’ll appreciate this if you love art.

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