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Exploring Colors and Geometry with @stellamariabaer

To see more of Stella’s work and be a part of her creative process, follow @stellamariabaer on Instagram.

Stella Maria Baer (@stellamariabaer) grew up immersed in the tones and shapes of New Mexico’s high mountain desert. Her recent works, which explore color, geometry and the human form, reflect Stella’s upbringing in the American Southwest. “I tend to gravitate toward particular colors for a period of time, both in my paintings and in my life in general,” she says. “My Instagram feed maps the ebb and flow of my relationship with color.”

Instagram for Stella is not just about bringing people into her studio. She explains, “It’s become its own medium for me—a collage of things I make, places I travel and people’s interactions with what I create.” Stella seeks to inspire others with her work, but has also connected with other women artists who, she says, “inspire me daily to seek out what it is that I am uniquely meant to make.”

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Going Back to the Roots with Henrique Oliveira’s Transarquitetônica

To see more photos and videos from Transarquitetônica, explore the MAC USP location page and browse the #henriqueoliveira hashtag.

Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira invites spectators to step inside his latest artwork and explore a giant wooden maze at São Paulo Museum MAC. His largest installation to date, Transarquitetônica is a 70 meter (229.66 ft) interactive sculpture made of tapumes, a plywood material traditionally used for cheap housing in Brazil. As the piece’s name suggests, Oliveira’s work speaks to the concept of time and evolution. Spectators discover spaces of contrast, as certain areas reference today’s modern architecture while sprawling branches symbolize man’s first dwelling.

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Finding Shade Under Sevilla’s Metropol Parasol

To view more photos of the Metropol Parsol, explore the Metropol Parasol location page and browse the #metropolparasol hashtag.

The Metropol Parasol provides a modern aesthetic against the medieval backdrop of Sevilla, Spain’s old quarter. Arguably the world’s largest wooden structure, it towers 28.5 meters (93.5 feet) over La Plaza de la Encarnación. Inside, one can visit a farmer’s market, archaeological museum, bars, restaurants and an elevated plaza providing beautiful panoramic views of the city. Most importantly, the stunning structure of interlaced panels (supported by concrete and steel) provides the people in the sweltering capitol of Andalucía with a precious resource: 5,000 square meters (53,819 square feet) of shade.

Completed in 2011, no two parts of the Metropol Parasol are the same. It stirs conversation among residents and tourists alike, and is described differently by nearly every person who sees it. Whether one compares German architect Jürgen Mayer-Hermann’s intricate design to waffles or mushrooms (one popular local nickname for the structure is Las Setas de la Encarnación or “The mushrooms of La Plaza de la Encarnción”) many appreciate the six connected parasols that replaced what was previously a car park.

Another fun fact? The structure in the center of hot and sticky Andalucía also claims an additional record—as the world’s largest structure held together by glue.

After #esxence, the review #odorimprobabili #ilsensoperfettoblog #nicolaï magnificent #oud

After #esxence, the review #odorimprobabili #ilsensoperfettoblog #nicolaï magnificent #oud

The after #esxence, the touch of elegance, dreams of silk and tobacco, the leather essence #naomigoodsirparfums #ilsensoperfettoblog

The after #esxence, the touch of elegance, dreams of silk and tobacco, the leather essence #naomigoodsirparfums #ilsensoperfettoblog

Or du Serail by Naomi Goodsir, I love it! #esxence #naomigoodsirparfums #ilsensoperfettoblog

Or du Serail by Naomi Goodsir, I love it! #esxence #naomigoodsirparfums #ilsensoperfettoblog

The after #esxence, the wonderful soul, chez Molinard avec le Nez le plus gentile.”le parfume est un engagé subtile”, merci Celia #molinardparfume #ilsensoperfettoblog

The after #esxence, the wonderful soul, chez Molinard avec le Nez le plus gentile.”le parfume est un engagé subtile”, merci Celia #molinardparfume #ilsensoperfettoblog

Perché scrivo? Per indagare il mistero dell’esistenza. Per tollerare me stessa. Per avvicinare tutto ciò che si trova al di fuori di me.
Se voglio capire quello che mi colpisce, quello che mi confonde, quello che mi angoscia, in breve, tutto ciò che mi fa reagire, devo metterlo in parole. La scrittura è il mio unico modo per assorbire e per sistemare la vita. Altrimenti mi sgomenterebbe, mi sconvolgerebbe troppo.
Ciò che passa senza esser messo in parole, senza esser trasformato e, in un certo senso, purificato dal crogiuolo dello scrivere, non significa nulla per me. Solo le parole che durano mi sembrano reali. Hanno un potere, un valore superiore a noi.
Visto che io provo a decifrare tutto tramite la scrittura, forse scrivere in italiano è semplicemente il mio modo per apprendere la lingua nel modo più profondo, più stimolante.
Fin da ragazza appartengo soltanto alle mie parole. Non ho un paese, una cultura precisa. Se non scrivessi, se non lavorassi alle parole, non mi sentirei presente sulla terra.
Cosa significa una parola? E una vita? Mi pare, alla fine, la stessa cosa. Come una parola può avere tante dimensioni, tante sfumature, una tale complessità, così una persona, una vita. La lingua è lo specchio, la metafora principale. Perché in fondo il significato di una parola, così come quello di una persona, è qualcosa di smisurato, di ineffabile.

—Jhumpa Lahiri (via dvel-tor)