Meet the artist Beatrix Ost, who, at age 71 is inspiring in every way. Not only in the way she dresses and looks in these pictures, but also in her fearless confrontation with life and the way it's expressed in her art. A project of hers that especially appeals to me is "Intimacy - 15 minutes of drawing" - something i'll take on a a challenge for the week to come. The drawings shown above are from a series shown on her website - really worth exploring.
She says: "What is intimacy, after all? Is it the sharing of the same thoughts and feelings? Is it being told an unmentionable secret? Is it the act of sex? No, it is stillness: silent, motionless meditation on the sitter's part, accompanied only by the singing of graphite on paper. A kind of Platonic camera, tracing the most essential outlines of a life. One person said: it is not stolen time, it is time agreed upon. Taken deliberately out of the bustle of the ordinary. Entering a time capsule willingly, cutting everything off, just to be still. A luxury we hardly grant ourselves. In these fifteen minutes we simply are.15 meditative minutes of intimate drawing can be seen as a correlative to Andy Warhol's loud and public 15 minutes of fame. They ebb and flow in inverse proportion."
What would 15 minutes of intimacy mean to you - what would you choose to do?