Precious

(Photos: Tanja Schomann) 

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Decay

Life is one long decay, no? There's a lot of beauty in it. Like the patina in an old city.

 

(Quote: Urs Fischer, Photos: Tanja Schomann)

 

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Truth

Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true. 

(Sculpture: Tanja Schomann, quote: Swami Vivekananda)

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The Jungle Book

Bagheera: "Birds of a feather should flock together. You wouldn't marry a panther now, would you?"

Baloo: "I don't know... Come to think of it, no panther has ever asked me."

 

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Emotion and Reason

Claim: There are these two types of art. One that creates a mood. It can make you cry, give you goose bumps or leave you trembling. The other one which makes a point. It leaves you with some “aha” of one sort or the other. Makes you learn about yourself or the world. And this is unrelated to form. A story can make you cry. A painting can make you go “aha”. And the other way round. Some pieces of art achieve both in one go. Other pieces achieve neither. Are they still art? I don’t think so. You might want to call them decoration instead.

 

(Photo: Tanja Schomann)

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A Backyard, Far Away

“I feel as though the cardboard box of my own reality has been flattened and blown open. Now I can see the edge of the world.” 

 

(Quote: Tom Hiddleston, Photos: Tanja Schomann)

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Art - Creation or Improvisation Game?

It’s cute to see artists as creators. The sculptor who created his sculpture, the poet who created his Haiku and the painter who created his painting. It sounds like they have taken every step deliberately, brought a new “life” into being. A quick and easy birth, by snapping one’s fingers.

 

But let’s face it – as artists, we are not free. Creating anything from scratch, deliberately? Nah, far from it.

 

If you have ever worked on a crumbling stone or painted with too watery paints, if you have ever chosen a word, simply because you couldn’t find one that actually matches your sentiment, then you will know it. You will know that art is a whole lot of improvisation. Working with imperfect materials. Making decisions on the go, because you couldn’t foresee where the process will take you.

 

But maybe that’s what makes a true artist. That despite all the challenges, he makes his audience smile, sigh, clap. Artists are no gods who just create from thin air. Artists play games (and sometimes fight wars) with the gifts and boundaries of their medium.

 

(Sculpture and photos: Tanja Schomann)

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People

"Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbour is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions."

 

(Quote: Paolo Coelho, Photo: Tanja Schomann) 

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The Secret Garden

“As she came closer to him she noticed that there was a clean fresh scent of heather and grass and leaves about him, almost as if he were made of them. She liked it very much and when she looked into his funny face with the red cheeks and round blue eyes she forgot that she had felt shy.” 

 

( Quote: Frances Hodgson Burnett, Photos: Tanja Schomann)

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