art

perfume.

yes Over the course of my trip I read 5 books selected to go along with the places I was visiting. While traveling through France, I read Perfume: The Story of a Murderer; which was set in the slums of eighteenth-century Paris. It was creepy, very strange, slightly disturbing but very passionate, tragic and beautifully written. and while in the French Riviera I was able to visit the Fragonard factory, one of the oldest parfumeries in the world (I believe) that happened to be playing the movie version of the book (lol).

Here are a few of my favorite excerpts:

He drank in the aroma, he drowned in it, impregnating himself through his innermost pores, until he became wood himself; he lay on the cord of wood like a wooden puppet, like Pinocchio, as if dead, until after a long while, perhaps a half hour or more, he gagged up the word “wood.” He vomited the word up, as if he were filled with wood to his ears, as if buried in wood to his neck, as if his stomach, his gorge, his nose were spilling over with wood.”

"Or why should smoke possess only the name “smoke,” when from minute to minute, second to second, the amalgam of hundreds of odors mixed iridescently into ever new and changing unities as the smoke rose from the fire … or why should earth, landscape, air—each filled at every step and every breath with yet another odor and thus animated with another identity—still be designated by just those three coarse words. All these grotesque incongruities between the richness of the world perceivable by smell and the poverty of language were enough for the lad Grenouille to doubt if language made any sense at all.”

“And what was more, he even knew how by sheer imagination to arrange new combinations of them, to the point where he created odors that did not exist in the real world.”

“Perhaps the closest analogy to his talent is the musical wunderkind, who has heard his way inside melodies and harmonies to the alphabet of individual tones and now composes completely new melodies and harmonies all on his own. With the one difference, however, that the alphabet of odors is incomparably larger and more nuanced than that of tones; and with the additional difference that the creative activity of Grenouille the wunderkind took place only inside him and could be perceived by no one other than himself.

“He was not out to make his fortune with his art; he didn’t even want to live from it if he could find another way to make a living. He wanted to empty himself of his innermost being, of nothing less than his innermost being, which he considered more wonderful than anything else the world had to offer. And thus Baldini’s conditions were no conditions at all for Grenouille.”

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high+southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.

ATL1  Last weekend I went to the Counterpoint Music Festival near Atlanta, Georgia.   I haven't been down to GA (my hometown) in a few years so it was great to be back. The highlight of the trip was obviously getting to see Outkast perform their 3rd epic performance together in almost 10 years—the first 2 being at Coachella the weekends prior.   Other than that I didn't have time for much, although I did squeeze in a trip to Lennox and The High Museum of Art (that i ran through with about as much grace as a person stranded in the desert running towards an oasis), but overall the entire trip reminded me how much I love being from Georgia... and just HOW different it really is from North Carolina.   checkout the full lineup from the weekend here.   ATL2 ATL3   Please forgive my lovely iphone photos and the fact that I didn't record any of the artist's names. I'm pretty sure a google image search of any of these would pull up all of the credits. All photos taken at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

I realize the fact that this entire post is about the festival, but the imagery is only of the museum (which gave me a creativity boost i was starved for) because all of my festival photos are blurry crazed concert images from the center of a bagillion people — an experience I will forever remember, but rather not share here.

proust.

ciarabird-proust  Ahh the infamous Proust Questionnaire. This is one of my favorite interviews to read from others, it is far more interesting to me for some reason than a Q&A based on actual information about the person. I use it often in FOUR, but I've never answered it myself, so...

What is your name as you would like it to appear in the magazine? Ciara Bird.

Where are you from and where are you now? Los Angeles by way of Augusta, Georgia.. currently in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Your age. 24.

What is your current state of mind? pensive.

Who are you and what would you like to be? more artist, less designer.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? b—with warm sun, cool breeze and trails for hiking followed by an uninterrupted afternoon of painting, reading and leisure. essentially no feeling of “what am i supposed to be working on.”

What is your greatest fear? “i want to be cured of a craving for something i cannot find and the shame of never finding it.”

Which living person do you most admire? is it bad to say Beyonce? without going into depth i just feel like she sums up my ideal of imperfect womanhood perfectly in her own way; love, happiness, career, sexuality, classiness, motherhood, etc. yet she still comes off as humble.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? social anxiety. the glorification of busy.

What is the trait you most deplore in others? don’t tell me who you are, show me. less talk more do.

What is your greatest extravagance? publications. the easiest way to collect the art i cannot afford.

What music are you listening to right now? im not.

Name a special day for you. may 5.

What is your favorite movie without naming it? two women, one man. paint, spain and woody allen.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? i cannot.

What natural gift would you most like to possess? gab.

What or who is the greatest love of your life? b. but also freedom, I’m learning that one doesn’t balance out the other.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? my faith.

Where and when did your parents first meet? high school. toledo, ohio.

What would you do if you weren’t scared? longterm travel.

What is your most treasured possession? b. i can part with everything else.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? 9-5 corporate design for an artist with no outlets.

Open a nearby book and copy the first line you like. “Not just a plan of action, vagabonding is an outlook on life that emphasizes creativity, discovery, and the growth of the spirit.”

Where would you like to live? west coast.

What is your most marked characteristic? my smile.

What is the quality you most like in a man? charm, conversation, and curiosity.

What is the quality you most like in a woman? happiness, conversation and charisma.

What advice would you tell your 15 year old self? don’t worry— your skin will clear up and your hair will look good.

What do you most value in your friends? conversation, honesty and support.

Who is your favorite artist, writer, musician? kelly wearstler, audrey niffenegger, j.k. rowling, maxwell, jhene aiko

What would be the title of your memoir? bird & bee.

What is your motto? it takes the same amount of energy to wish as it does to plan.