What is Beauty?
This project is a simple test with very few rules.

The writer is asked to answer one simple question: What is Beauty? This may seem easy, but most participants had a difficult time answering the question. A philosophy professor thought about it for three days, then came back to me and said, “I just can’t do it. It’s too complicated.”

The purpose of this journal was to gain an insight into each individual’s creativity threshold, background, personal beliefs, and any other psychological clues I would be able to gather. As an art and anthropology major with an overwhelming interest in psychology, this journal is a fun way to explore the people that surround me on an everyday basis: people from all walks of life, all ages, all religions, with very different things to offer.

The rules? Simple. You answer the question, sign your name in some way (whether it be your name in full, your initials, or a pen name), and add the date. Each contributor was given as much time as they needed, a full 3in x 4in blank page in my “Tiger Pad” (only $2 in Downtown Seattle!), and a black pen. The answers are unlimited. Some are funny. Some are ridiculous. Some are thought provoking and honest. However, even with the endless possibilities, this question still seemed to leave many people stumped.
What is Beauty?
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What is sickness? It’s something that exists, in some form or another, in every person’s life. But how is it defined? How is its presence calibrated and perceived? As an artist struggling to find the answers to my own “sickness,” I challenge the viewer with my instant, unrecognizable portraits of those around me to answer the question. Many people have difficulty answering, because once you think about it, it’s a tough question. Is sickness purely physical? Is it mental? Is it a thing? An idea? Who is sick? 

 

              I am the artist, but I am also the vessel in which other people’s ideas come through. The physical manipulation and typing of the answers are my own, but the whole idea of sickness is that of the respondents. No concrete answer is ever achieved, and I predict it never will be, but that’s not really the point – the point is merely to communicate that sickness exists in many forms, to many people, of every social status, every race, and every age.




To see all the pictures and the artist statement, please click this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandysworldwidepostcards/sets/72157631633005182/.
What is sickness? It’s something that exists, in some form or another, in every person’s life. But how is it defined? How is its presence calibrated and perceived? As an artist struggling to find the answers to my own “sickness,” I challenge the viewer with my instant, unrecognizable portraits of those around me to answer the question. Many people have difficulty answering, because once you think about it, it’s a tough question. Is sickness purely physical? Is it mental? Is it a thing? An idea? Who is sick? 

 

              I am the artist, but I am also the vessel in which other people’s ideas come through. The physical manipulation and typing of the answers are my own, but the whole idea of sickness is that of the respondents. No concrete answer is ever achieved, and I predict it never will be, but that’s not really the point – the point is merely to communicate that sickness exists in many forms, to many people, of every social status, every race, and every age.




To see all the pictures and the artist statement, please click this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandysworldwidepostcards/sets/72157631633005182/.
What is sickness? It’s something that exists, in some form or another, in every person’s life. But how is it defined? How is its presence calibrated and perceived? As an artist struggling to find the answers to my own “sickness,” I challenge the viewer with my instant, unrecognizable portraits of those around me to answer the question. Many people have difficulty answering, because once you think about it, it’s a tough question. Is sickness purely physical? Is it mental? Is it a thing? An idea? Who is sick? 

 

              I am the artist, but I am also the vessel in which other people’s ideas come through. The physical manipulation and typing of the answers are my own, but the whole idea of sickness is that of the respondents. No concrete answer is ever achieved, and I predict it never will be, but that’s not really the point – the point is merely to communicate that sickness exists in many forms, to many people, of every social status, every race, and every age.




To see all the pictures and the artist statement, please click this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandysworldwidepostcards/sets/72157631633005182/.
What is sickness? It’s something that exists, in some form or another, in every person’s life. But how is it defined? How is its presence calibrated and perceived? As an artist struggling to find the answers to my own “sickness,” I challenge the viewer with my instant, unrecognizable portraits of those around me to answer the question. Many people have difficulty answering, because once you think about it, it’s a tough question. Is sickness purely physical? Is it mental? Is it a thing? An idea? Who is sick? 

 

              I am the artist, but I am also the vessel in which other people’s ideas come through. The physical manipulation and typing of the answers are my own, but the whole idea of sickness is that of the respondents. No concrete answer is ever achieved, and I predict it never will be, but that’s not really the point – the point is merely to communicate that sickness exists in many forms, to many people, of every social status, every race, and every age.




To see all the pictures and the artist statement, please click this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandysworldwidepostcards/sets/72157631633005182/.
What is sickness? It’s something that exists, in some form or another, in every person’s life. But how is it defined? How is its presence calibrated and perceived? As an artist struggling to find the answers to my own “sickness,” I challenge the viewer with my instant, unrecognizable portraits of those around me to answer the question. Many people have difficulty answering, because once you think about it, it’s a tough question. Is sickness purely physical? Is it mental? Is it a thing? An idea? Who is sick? 

 

              I am the artist, but I am also the vessel in which other people’s ideas come through. The physical manipulation and typing of the answers are my own, but the whole idea of sickness is that of the respondents. No concrete answer is ever achieved, and I predict it never will be, but that’s not really the point – the point is merely to communicate that sickness exists in many forms, to many people, of every social status, every race, and every age.




To see all the pictures and the artist statement, please click this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandysworldwidepostcards/sets/72157631633005182/.
What is sickness? It’s something that exists, in some form or another, in every person’s life. But how is it defined? How is its presence calibrated and perceived? As an artist struggling to find the answers to my own “sickness,” I challenge the viewer with my instant, unrecognizable portraits of those around me to answer the question. Many people have difficulty answering, because once you think about it, it’s a tough question. Is sickness purely physical? Is it mental? Is it a thing? An idea? Who is sick? 

 

              I am the artist, but I am also the vessel in which other people’s ideas come through. The physical manipulation and typing of the answers are my own, but the whole idea of sickness is that of the respondents. No concrete answer is ever achieved, and I predict it never will be, but that’s not really the point – the point is merely to communicate that sickness exists in many forms, to many people, of every social status, every race, and every age.




To see all the pictures and the artist statement, please click this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandysworldwidepostcards/sets/72157631633005182/.
What is sickness? It’s something that exists, in some form or another, in every person’s life. But how is it defined? How is its presence calibrated and perceived? As an artist struggling to find the answers to my own “sickness,” I challenge the viewer with my instant, unrecognizable portraits of those around me to answer the question. Many people have difficulty answering, because once you think about it, it’s a tough question. Is sickness purely physical? Is it mental? Is it a thing? An idea? Who is sick? 

 

              I am the artist, but I am also the vessel in which other people’s ideas come through. The physical manipulation and typing of the answers are my own, but the whole idea of sickness is that of the respondents. No concrete answer is ever achieved, and I predict it never will be, but that’s not really the point – the point is merely to communicate that sickness exists in many forms, to many people, of every social status, every race, and every age.




To see all the pictures and the artist statement, please click this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandysworldwidepostcards/sets/72157631633005182/.
What is sickness? It’s something that exists, in some form or another, in every person’s life. But how is it defined? How is its presence calibrated and perceived? As an artist struggling to find the answers to my own “sickness,” I challenge the viewer with my instant, unrecognizable portraits of those around me to answer the question. Many people have difficulty answering, because once you think about it, it’s a tough question. Is sickness purely physical? Is it mental? Is it a thing? An idea? Who is sick? 

 

              I am the artist, but I am also the vessel in which other people’s ideas come through. The physical manipulation and typing of the answers are my own, but the whole idea of sickness is that of the respondents. No concrete answer is ever achieved, and I predict it never will be, but that’s not really the point – the point is merely to communicate that sickness exists in many forms, to many people, of every social status, every race, and every age.




To see all the pictures and the artist statement, please click this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandysworldwidepostcards/sets/72157631633005182/.
What is sickness? It’s something that exists, in some form or another, in every person’s life. But how is it defined? How is its presence calibrated and perceived? As an artist struggling to find the answers to my own “sickness,” I challenge the viewer with my instant, unrecognizable portraits of those around me to answer the question. Many people have difficulty answering, because once you think about it, it’s a tough question. Is sickness purely physical? Is it mental? Is it a thing? An idea? Who is sick? 

 

              I am the artist, but I am also the vessel in which other people’s ideas come through. The physical manipulation and typing of the answers are my own, but the whole idea of sickness is that of the respondents. No concrete answer is ever achieved, and I predict it never will be, but that’s not really the point – the point is merely to communicate that sickness exists in many forms, to many people, of every social status, every race, and every age.




To see all the pictures and the artist statement, please click this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandysworldwidepostcards/sets/72157631633005182/.
What is sickness? It’s something that exists, in some form or another, in every person’s life. But how is it defined? How is its presence calibrated and perceived? As an artist struggling to find the answers to my own “sickness,” I challenge the viewer with my instant, unrecognizable portraits of those around me to answer the question. Many people have difficulty answering, because once you think about it, it’s a tough question. Is sickness purely physical? Is it mental? Is it a thing? An idea? Who is sick? 

 

              I am the artist, but I am also the vessel in which other people’s ideas come through. The physical manipulation and typing of the answers are my own, but the whole idea of sickness is that of the respondents. No concrete answer is ever achieved, and I predict it never will be, but that’s not really the point – the point is merely to communicate that sickness exists in many forms, to many people, of every social status, every race, and every age.




To see all the pictures and the artist statement, please click this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandysworldwidepostcards/sets/72157631633005182/.
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Entry No. 54

"Beauty is
creation.
Beauty is
imperfection.”

24 July 2012; JB
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Entry No. 53

"Beautiful is knowing who you are
and what you want in life. To
be comfortable with who you are,
what you see. The mixing of
messy with perfect. The unexpected
you don’t think that one
thing will happen, but everything
changes. Soft silk against your
skin. A sunset on the beach.
Color is beauty. The more you
can mix and arrange and create
new hues, new substances.
The beautiful is different
to every perspective. What
you see is not always what
you get. When it is honest
and pure, and to the best of it’s
being, then it is gorgeous.”
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Entry No. 52

Beauty is in the
eye of the beholder”

18 July 2012; EK
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Entry No. 51

"Beauty is balanced
order everyday
interrupted by
the chaos of sponta-
neity and the
pleasure of the
unexpected.”

18 July 2012; JLP
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Entry No. 50

"Beauty is a feeling you
have from within
yourself when you
are happy and
confident - you
radiate beauty!”

18 July 2012; CP(Her birthday)
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Entry No. 49

"Beauty is symmetry
between and seen in the
eyes, smile, and soul. It
resonates, reverberates, and
expands. It is contagious.

Cats are beautiful, me thinks.”
17 July 2012; CH
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Entry No. 48

"Beauty is
having the
same best
friend you had
when you were
6 :)”

14 July 2012; S
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Entry No. 47

Beauty!
What is it?
I don’t know…
Beauty is….
A well told story?
Sunsets N Shit?Knowledge?
And conversations
about balls n penis
with your friends”

PD
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Entry No. 46

"My sons smile is
the most beautiful thing
in the world to me.”

13 July 2012; J
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Entry No. 45

"mommy"

13 July 2012; D
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Entry No. 44

"Beauty is everything, to me.
The word beauty has as many definitions
as there are people, if not more.
I want to see beauty in everything and
therefore I don’t want to hurt or
destroy anything, but take care
of it, cherish it. To Love
it all with every part of me.
08 July 2012; KC
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Entry No. 43

"Anything
done with
Passion.”
8 July 2012; EL
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Entry No. 42

"Beauty is creating
something with your
own hands… and it
being so good that
not being proud is
not an option”
20 June 2012; SW
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New journal! New responses coming in all the time, I’m excited to get more answers.
New journal! New responses coming in all the time, I’m excited to get more answers.