I went to a dental conference and part of the entertainment was a visit to the local art museum because dentistry is about 35% art. Everyone has their own opinions about art, as they do in dentistry. Sometimes art comes from our imagination. Sometimes it comes from the quieting of the mind. The pictures below are from a Japanese artist who needed to quiet her mind to function. Yayoi Kusama, born in 1929, was tortured with all the noise in her head. Art was a way for her to quiet the noise. In all of her madness, she brought about a world of repeated polka dots. Their formed patterns were used in fashion, architecture, illusions, and many more.
Below is one of her illusions; a room filled with LED lights surrounded by mirrors giving it an endless look. Being in the room was amazing. Craziness was the last thing on my mind. It was so beautiful and romantic being in the dark as the colors change. The room was cooler and as people move around, the lights swing back and forth so the landscape in front of you changes. I was amazed how simple the thought but incredibly smart in the execution.
The artist lives in an institution today in Japan as she waits for the indefinite silence. It's unbelievable to me that someone's mental illness can be transformed into something so creative. It is true of what they say: One woman's crazy is another woman's intelligent art. The experience is simply unforgettable.
I know there is only a day to celebrate international women but why only one day. We're doing it all week and all year. Our office has an international myriad of women. We have it all: multilingual, colors, shapes, sizes, looks, intelligence, personalities, etc. Our office is the epitome of women and sisterhood. We celebrate all women, be it the natural-born females or the gender-altering females . We all have a heart and brain to guide us individually through this ever-changing society that challenges us daily. We all have our attitudes and personalities to deal with hardship that is thrown at us. We have our nice days and not-so-nice days. But really, who doesn't? Men have them, too.
Celebrating individuality is awesome because we are all special. It's okay to be different and even better to be proud of being different. Conformity is so restricting and kinda bland. Color variations make a picture brighter, as people variations make life more beautiful and interesting. Please remember to be kind to everyone, especially to the women around you. We have it rough. We need understanding from our counterparts who are given power just for being born with XY chromosomes. I mean, it's the women that carried you for up to 40 weeks in the belly. Be kind to those women and the women who supported her during this period. There are women out there who taunt their own kind, due to skin color or esthetics. It's superficial but it's true. I was born into a family with strong female role models. I intend to continue that trend for my own kids. I believe our younger generations need to see examples of compassion and practices of common sense. It's such simple knowledge but it gets lost easily. I hope the good vibes continue to vibrate throughout the world. Change needs to start somewhere, so why not at home?
Happy International Women Day to all my female peeps. Without you, the world would be very sad. Thank you for your contribution to all the beauty and magnificent magic we all get to experience. Please hug the female next to you, with permission of course.