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    Sharps

    I like the notion of the skin being breached so that change can be rendered to the organism. I like the idea very much, altho’ I fully recognize the malarial reality of the wrong kind of puncture, the bleedout reality of the wrong kind of slice. But here in my metaphorical LaLaLand, sharp things are pretty things that are also agents of change.

    They’re interesting, those sharp things, because they can damage or repair. Scalpels, knives, needles can sever, slice, or pierce … for benign reasons or malign. And the sharps  found in nature — thorns, stingers, proboscides — are really delicious to comtemplate since they gon’ fuck you up if you’re on on the receiving end but they’re good and sweet for the bearer’s survival. You may curse the cactus that pricks your thumb or the porcupine that ruins your Sunday morning by necessitating a trip to the vet with poor spiked Rover, but can you blame them for wanting to defend themselves against the incursions of a cruel world? Rover’s only gonna get up in the grill of a porcupine once, unless Rover’s really stupid or really unlucky, so Rover transmogrifies from a dopey dog who thinks it would be fun to play with that big prickly thing to a more street-smart canine who knows better. Education is a beautiful thing and knowledge is power and sharps will make you smarter if they don’t kill you first.

    heatherwick05-via-designboom
    B of the Bang by Thomas Heatherwick
    Via designboom
    Artwork by Amie Dicke, via try-har-der.blogspot.com
    Artwork by Amie Dicke
    Via Tryharder
    Detail from Fucking Hell by Jake and Dinos Chapman
    Detail from Fucking Hell by Jake and Dinos Chapman, 2008
    roman pins- metal and bone- according to size via Chris Draper's photostream
    roman pins- metal and bone- according to size
    Via Chris Draper's photostream on flickr
    Blue pins and needles-lg, sunprint by Susan Johnson (Avalanche Looms on flickr)
    Blue pins and needles, sunprint by Susan Johnson
    Via Avalanche Looms' photostream on flick
    cactus chair  franklin conservatory, columbus, ohio, via billy liar's photostream
    Cactus chair, Franklin Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio
    Via billy liar's photostream on flickr
    Still from Errant Behaviour 2004 Anne Wilson via V&A
    Still from Errant Behaviour by Anne Wilson, 2004
    Via the V&A
    anish kapoor, sky mirror
    sky mirror, red by Anish Kapoor, 2009
    Via Designboom
    © 2010 anish kapoor
    Courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery, London
    maya-lin-pin-river-yangtze-2-via-norococo
    Detail, Pin River, Yangtze by Maya Lin
    Via norococo
    Something on a Tree via A.Currell's photostream
    Something on a Tree
    Via A.Currell's photostream on flickr
    Lauren Kalman work via scienceblogs
    Wart, from the Blooms, Efflorescence, and Other Dermatological Embellishments series by Lauren Kalman, 2009
    Via ScienceBlogs
    Image by Aaron Huey
    Image by Aaron Huey
    b-of-the-bang-detail-thomas-heatherwick-via-designboom
    Detail, B of the Bang by Thomas Heatherwick
    Via designboom
    the COMMONSEAMcollective logo, via thecommonseam
    Logo, the COMMONSEAMcollectivethe COMMONSEAMcollective
    Picture 1
    Steve Martin, a long time ago
    voodoo doll swan queen's photostream
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    wallobject | wandobject maarten brinkman flickr
    wallobject | wandobject by Maarten Brinkman, 2010
    sharp-descent-butcher wallpaper by dan funderburgh, via flavorleague
    Sharp Descent wallpaper by Dan Funderburgh
    Via Flavor Paper
    Portrait of a soldier with a pin in his heart Early 20th century, Volkskundemuseum, Antwerp., via wellcomecollection.org
    Portrait of a soldier with a pin in his heart, early 20th century, Volkskundemuseum, Antwerp
    Via the Wellcome Collection
    4 via bretarnett on flickr
    Mosquito 1/4
    Photo taken by Benjamin See Tong Chew, Alaska?, circa 1940
    Via Bret Arnett's photostream on flickr
    prick-your-ears
    Image via the From Sketch to Product blog on the V&A website
    4 via bretarnett on flickr
    Mosquito 1/4
    Photo taken by Benjamin See Tong Chew, Alaska?, circa 1940
    Via Bret Arnett's photostream on flickr
    maya-lin-pin-river-yangtze-1-via-norococo
    Pin River, Yangtze by Maya Lin
    Via norococo
    Green-pin bird by Misako Inaoka, 2006
    Green-pin bird by Misako Inaoka
    From the Things That Cannot Be Named by Elsa Mora, via elsita.typepad
    From the Things That Cannot Be Named series by Elsa Mora
    Artwork by Sharon Pazner on flickr
    ahavti - אהבתי via Sharon Pazner
    Artwork by Maskull Lasserre, via www.galerielillianrodriguez.com
    Sterling Shroud by Maskull Lasserre
    Via Ottawa.ca
    Artwork by Amie Dicke, via fabrikproject.com
    Abduct byAmie Dicke, 2008
    Via Unique Lapin
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    So, I’ve met Anne Wilson… she’s here in my department and one of the most sought after graduate advisors. :) She’s the reason I came to SAIC but alas, she is not my advisor!

    WhiteFeather added these words on Sep 18 10 at 7:01 pm



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