STATE of Mind - issue 1

STATE of Mind - issue 1


STATE of Mind - issue 1
We've been talking a lot here in the STATE Studio about you and us and where we intersect. Honestly, we want to do more than sell clothes, and this is one way we can do that. Staying positive can be tricky when the news always seems bad, which is why we've been focusing on good art, music, movies, tv, and other types of stories. Our goal is to send you a STATE of Mind weekly, filled to the brim with the bits and pieces we felt blessed us throughout the week. And we want to hear what made you feel whole, connected, and moved. We mean it to be a dialogue, so please, join us however you'd like. 


Over the past few weeks I've been reading Elaine Scarry's book On Beauty And Being Just. Scarry is a professor of aesthetics at Harvard, and I heard about her first through that magnificent tome of wisdom and ideas, Brain Pickings. Maria Popova cited it as one of her favorite books of the decade while chatting with Krista Tippet during her "On Being" episode, and so I thought, "I have to read that." 

Scarry makes a simple and relevant argument: beauty is essential to life. 

"It creates, without itself fulfilling, the aspiration for enduring certitude. It comes to us, with no work of our own; then leaves us prepared to undergo a giant labor." 

She believes that witnessing something beautiful spurs us forward into a more bountiful life. Which brings us to James Whistler, one of the most under-appreciated yet commonly reproduced American artists of the late 19th century. I don't remember where, the time or place, but Whistler's painting "Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket" (seen above) is the first painting that had an impact on me, the first one that was burned in my memory. Maybe it was in a set of encyclopedias my grandmother kept on a shelf in her long hallway, maybe it was somewhere else. 

The image of it, as well as a continual desire to find beauty everywhere and in every second, has been following me around in all the years since then. 



In light of Microsoft drastically changing the future of its PAINT program (read about the saga here), we were delighted to see the work of artist Miranda Lambert, who makes her imagery using the 32 year-old, lo-tech program.  


Her new album, Not Even Happiness, has been on constant rotation here at the STATE studio. Her music is subversive in the most gracious of ways, always reminding us how much she is capable of loving, and what is required of that love. Pairing images of nature alongside imaginings of her inner landscape, speaking perfectly to this time and place.  Take a listen.