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Amy Stein - Domesticated

Diz Amy Stein:

My photographs serve as modern dioramas of our new natural history. Within these scenes I explore our paradoxical relationship with the "wild" and how our conflicting impulses continue to evolve and alter the behavior of both humans and animals. We at once seek connection with the mystery and freedom of the natural world, yet we continually strive to tame the wild around us and compulsively control the wild within our own nature. Within my work I examine the primal issues of comfort and fear, dependence and determination, submission and dominance that play out in the physical and psychological encounters between man and the natural world. Increasingly, these encounters take place within the artificial ecotones we have constructed that act as both passage and barrier between domestic space and the wild.

The photographs in this series are constructed based on real stories from local newspapers and oral histories of intentional and random interactions between humans and animals. The narratives are set in and around Matamoras, a small town in Northeast Pennsylvania that borders a state forest.

Marina Abramovic. An Artist’s Life Manifesto.

An artist’s conduct in his life

An artist should not lie to himself or others
An artist should not steal ideas from other artists
An artist should not compromise for themselves or in regards to the art market
An artist should not kill other human beings
An artist should not make themselves into an idol
An artist should not make themselves into an idol
An artist should not make themselves into an idol

 

An artist’s relation to his love life

An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist
An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist
An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist

 

An artist’s relation to the erotic

An artist should develop an erotic point of view on the world
An artist should be erotic
An artist should be erotic
An artist should be erotic


An artist’s relation to suffering

An artist should suffer
From the suffering comes the best work
Suffering brings transformation
Through the suffering an artist transcends their spirit
Through the suffering an artist transcends their spirit
Through the suffering an artist transcends their spirit

 

An artist’s relation to depression
An artist should not be depressed
Depression is a disease and should be cured
Depression is not productive for an artist
Depression is not productive for an artist
Depression is not productive for an artist

 

An artist’s relation to suicide

Suicide is a crime against life
An artist should not commit suicide
An artist should not commit suicide
An artist should not commit suicide

 

An artist’s relation to inspiration

An artist should look deep inside themselves for inspiration
The deeper they look inside themselves, the more universal they become
The artist is universe
The artist is universe
The artist is universe

 

An artist’s relation to self-control

The artist should not have self-control about his life
The artist should have total self-control about his work
The artist should not have self-control about his life
The artist should have total self-control about his work

 

An artist’s relation with transparency

The artist should give and receive at the same time
Transparency means receptive
Transparency means to give
Transparency means to receive
Transparency means receptive
Transparency means to give
Transparency means to receive
Transparency means receptive
Transparency means to give
Transparency means to receive

 

An artist’s relation to symbols

An artist creates his own symbols
Symbols are an artist’s language
The language must then be translated
Sometimes it is difficult to find the key
Sometimes it is difficult to find the key
Sometimes it is difficult to find the key

 

An artist’s relation to silence

An artist has to understand silence
An artist has to create a space for silence to enter his work
Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean
Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean
Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean

 

An artist’s relation to solitude

An artist must make time for the long periods of solitude
Solitude is extremely important
Away from home
Away from the studio
Away from family
Away from friends
An artist should stay for long periods of time at waterfalls
An artist should stay for long periods of time at exploding volcanoes
An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the fast running rivers
An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the horizon where the ocean and sky meet
An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the stars in the night sky

 

An artist’s conduct in relation to work

An artist should avoid going to the studio every day
An artist should not treat his work schedule as a bank employee does
An artist should explore life and work only when an idea comes to him in a dream or during the day as a vision that arises as a surprise
An artist should not repeat himself
An artist should not overproduce
An artist should avoid his own art pollution
An artist should avoid his own art pollution
An artist should avoid his own art pollution


An artist’s possessions

Buddhist monks advise that it is best to have nine possessions in their life:
   1 robe for the summer
   1 robe for the winter
   1 pair of shoes
   1 begging bowl for food
   1 mosquito net
   1 prayer book
   1 umbrella
   1 mat to sleep on
   1 pair of glasses if needed
An artist should decide for himself the minimum personal possessions they should have
An artist should have more and more of less and less
An artist should have more and more of less and less
An artist should have more and more of less and less


A list of an artist’s friends

An artist should have friends that lift their spirits
An artist should have friends that lift their spirits
An artist should have friends that lift their spirits

 

A list of an artist’s enemies

Enemies are very important
The Dalai Lama has said that it is easy to have compassion with friends but much more difficult to have compassion with enemies
An artist has to learn to forgive
An artist has to learn to forgive
An artist has to learn to forgive

 

Different death scenarios

An artist has to be aware of his own mortality
For an artist, it is not only important how he lives his life but also how he dies
An artist should look at the symbols of his work for the signs of different death scenarios
An artist should die consciously without fear
An artist should die consciously without fear
An artist should die consciously without fear

 

Different funeral scenarios

An artist should give instructions before the funeral so that everything is done the way he wants it
The funeral is the artist’s last art piece before leaving
The funeral is the artist’s last art piece before leaving
The funeral is the artist’s last art piece before leaving