These paintings are part of the "What Lies Beneath" series which utilizes scripted words as the foundational paint application method before the salt is applied. Both phrases come from the book ""How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy" by Jenny Odell.
I have the opportunity to participate in a book club right now and this was our first book for discussion. Many others proposed brilliant questions, but here I offer those that I generated prior to our conversations.
“‘Nothing’ is neither a luxury nor a waste of time, but rather a necessary part of meaningful thought and speech” (Odell, 4). How do you resonate with or reject this concept of nothing? How can/should the “benefit” of nothing be divorced from productivity and capitalism (xii)?
How is listening (25) linked to “nothing” in your own practice?
How do you connect with the period of “removal” Odell references (9)?
How do you identify addiction in yourself? In others? (31)
What is your dream retreat? Be specific.(34-35)
How do you threaten social norms? Do you want to? (64)
How is discipline valued? (72)
How distracted are you? How do know you are distracted? (81)
What are you paying attention to? (93)
-what do you want to pay attention to?
-what are you willing to pay attention to?
How do you contextualize yourself? (96) bioregionalism (148)
What are you curious about (104)?
Ethical persuasion or self-control? (116)
What reality are you interested in constructing? (126) Be specific.
When was the last time you were in a park (181)? What was it like? Do you think it was an act of resistance?
“Where and when am I, and how do I know that?” (185)
What do you think of the idea of manifest dismantling (186-204)?
While these questions are very direct, I think there is benefit in answering them for yourself as you reflect on the concepts that Odell proposes. I highly recommend this book and Odell's latest "Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock."