Constraints As A Path To Freedom

Upon visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago two weeks ago, I stumbled on this quote by Andrea Zittel:

The only way … you can be free from external rules is to create your own…rules that are even more rigid, but because they are your own, you feel… completely free.

I thought it was so amazing that I had to take a picture:


for use as my desktop. I’m completely overwhelmed at how concisely that quote sums up my own internal philosophy. Over the past few years, I’ve become addicted to the idea of self depravation as a key to unbridled freedom. It really ends up becoming an addiction of sorts. I feel a unbelievable sense of freedom after thumbing my nose at so many ideas and conventions once thought indispensable.

And to show the whole trip wasn’t all deep & philosophy-like, here’s an awesome Koons: