February 10th, 2006
what sustains you?


“Being an artist, maybe moreso than making art, gives you a way of thinking where you don’t need all the other things that normally people would think necessary. It’s a space where the mind and the self is at the center. So in that way you can sustain yourself with very little.” ~Rikrit Tiravanija

Feb 10 2006
12:09 pm
kate writes:

. . . writing sustains me . . . it’s like food, like air . . . without it, I begin to wither and die . . . at its heart is connection to the creative, to prana, to some vast source of Yes . . . connecting with other people who are tapped into this is sustaining, too . . . and one of the reasons I come here to visit and see what you’ve been up to . . . :)

Feb 10 2006
12:19 pm
pixie writes:

oh my golly, who got a hold of your account!? what sustains me is extra time in bed under warm snuggly covers to let my creative mind run wildly mad, then a little time to scribble some of it down in my journal. an extra luxury with a 4 month old, but i do okay! thank you for asking, i needed to think about this today!!!!”i love this is where i live now”. this consistent message from you is SO affirming.

Feb 10 2006
12:54 pm
teresa writes:

knowing there is more to discover in the world, and that i have the artistic eye to see them with…
thanks for the quote keri! ♥ teresa

Feb 10 2006
1:40 pm
shawn writes:

what sustains me? Hope in my dreams and imagination.

Feb 10 2006
7:10 pm
kate writes:

sorry, this is somewhat off topic, but i have a question about journaling. you mention on your drawing faq page that you prefer moleskines and vision elite pens. do you find that the pen ink seeps through the thinner moleskine pages? i.e., can you see traces of the previous page’s writing on each fresh page? thanks, keri! i’m trying to decide on which moleskine to try first–the sketchbook version or the regular version, since i like to use “inkier” pens and markers, too.

Feb 10 2006
7:33 pm
herhimnbryn writes:

1. being with those I love.
2. having time alone.
3. being creative.
4. walking.(when I injured my knee, I had to forgo walks with my hound. I started to get very crabby!).
5.reading, reading, reading.
6.Being loved.
7.Touch.
8.etc,etc,etc,etc,etc!!!!
As usual, such an inspiring post. thankyou

Feb 10 2006
7:33 pm
nadine writes:

Green. Leaving the grey of the city, and just seeing, breathing in, the beautiful green of the planet.

Feb 10 2006
9:15 pm
Feisty writes:

photography…redwoods…the ocean…magnolia trees in bloom…snuggling under my covers (good call, Pixie)…phone calls and emails from dear friends who send me love.

Feb 11 2006
12:41 am
Karoda writes:

as one of my most beloved songs say, “something inside so strong”…no matter what obstacles, how deep a funk I’m in, how much tragedy I’m exposed to and experience, when I’ve been at the brink thinking life is too much, there has always been the seedling urge to endure, preservere, hold on, move forward, no matter what! I can’t name it, its a feeling of depth, grace, and forgiveness.

Feb 11 2006
5:50 am
Corey Amaro writes:

dreams.light.prayer.silence.the sound of the ocean and the mist that feels my lungs.the look of love in someone’s eyes. music of birds and children’s laughter. the moonlight that shines through my bedroom window.those who love me and my love for them.

Feb 11 2006
11:25 am
Sabine S. writes:

After reading your post, I did a quick search of Rakrit tiranaija. His work is very interesting, and definitely entertains the quote. I am not sure why, but he somehow reminds me a little of Eva Hess.

Feb 11 2006
11:33 am
Katherine Dunn writes:

The earth, as in the ground, and everything that grows out of it – working in it, around it, surrounded by it. My animals. Nurturing my sheep. Working in the lavender field. We are both shifting, Keri. I have a book to recommend for you – I will pass it along as soon as I find it in the heep on the studio floor.

Feb 11 2006
4:35 pm
bohemiangirl writes:

laughing wildly, sponteneity, redwoods, ocean, snuggles, bravery, honesty, creativity and most of all being loved and LOVING my friends and family without fear.
very thought provoking…thank you.

Feb 11 2006
5:15 pm
MARYBETH writes:

THank You for Sharing THis Quote!
And So IT IS…
Namaste,
MB

Feb 13 2006
10:16 am
Katherine writes:

Fantastic quote. “Sustainability” is my watch-word this year – both in terms of environmentalism, and in terms of what I can sustain. Oftentimes we distract ourselves with too much, yet sometimes we forget to sustain our true needs. Thanks for that – you keep digging out these gems for us.


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