'Shooting Up', stock market newspaper, archival inkjet, acrylic on canvas, board and tulipwood. 150 x 100cm / 2013
After Tulipmania, the first economic bubble over 370 years ago during the Dutch Golden era, the tulip flower’s symbolism of being the most high-status flower transformed in Still life Vanitas paintings to also represent the folly of humanity, civilisation and society. The alluring speculation of the Tulip, a transient beauty brought Holland to it’s knees economically where at it’s peak a bulb sold for more than a house, has parallels with our current global financial crisis as a cycle of repeated history. The Chinese vases hint at where the next bubble might be with flowers psychedelically depicted to suggest a delirious alternate reality. The still life is sometimes regarded as a passive genre but was an expression of what was the birth of modern capitalism with Holland’s trading power.
Companies think a person who didn’t finish is a certain kind of person, and they don’t want that kind,” Alisha says. “But I had to pick and choose between going to school and making money to take care of my kids. Of course I’m going to choose my kids.
The average life expectancy in North St. Louis is lower than that of Iraq
While diet and exercise have been a part of public health messaging for decades, doctors and health advocates are now beginning to argue that getting quality sleep may be just as important for overall health. “Sleep is probably easier to change than diet or exercise,” says Dr. Michael Grandner, a sleep researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. “It may also give you more of an immediate reward if it helps you get through your day.” Sleep experts claim that it is one of the top three, and sometimes the most, important lifestyle adjustments one can make, in addition to diet and exercise
as long as there are plenty of upper-income renters looking for apartments, there is little incentive to build anything other than expensive units. As a result, there are in effect two separate rental markets that are so far apart in price that they have little impact on each other. In one extreme case, a glut of new luxury apartments in Washington has pushed high-end rents down, even while midrange rents have continued to rise.
Nationally, half of all renters are now spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing, according to a comprehensive Harvard study, up from 38 percent of renters in 2000. In December, Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan declared “the worst rental affordability crisis that this country has ever known.”
When these people try to meditate, they have one of two reactions: Some are so restless and besieged by doubts that they can hardly attempt the exercise. “What am I doing sitting here with my eyes closed? What is the point of paying attention to the breath?” And, strangely, their resistance isn’t remotely interesting to them. They come away, after only a few minutes, thinking that the act of paying close attention to their experience is pointless
The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment.
However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.