I am completely enamoured of the work of Edinburgh artist, Lizzy Stewart.
It seems to be at once alive with joy, and quietly melancholy.
It has things to say,
And says them eloquently.
Things to teach,
and with such grace.
She has a new project that has just come out called Toska, which is an illustrated book (it's breathtaking) based on the uniquely Russian experience of Toska, as described by Vladimir Nabokov. He says,
“No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”
Go and check out all of her work, and take a moment to be abashed. These are the things, folks. The things that make us human and alive.
You can find her at her site, Here,
Her blog, Here
And her Etsy shop, Here
I'll leave you with a few more, for good measure
Whirlwinds and Wonderlands,