“I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.” Umberto Eco #visualartdiary_michmutters #australia #fineartphotography #art #collage

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Fragments 1.0 “Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.” ― Robert E. Howard #visualartdiary_michmutters #australia #fineartphotography #art #collage

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(Re-edited because I found a mistake that resulted in the image not making sense) 14 February 2016 Dear Valentine, I love you everyday. But today I will love you just that bit extra by telling you that you are special. You’ve learnt to love yourself well enough that you love others easily … with no conditions. You’ve learnt to love yourself enough that you’ve learnt to have no time or sympathy for those who are toxic, who are not true to themselves and most of all, you’ve learnt that hypocrisy is for those who don’t know who they are. You’re okay, kiddo, given the path you’ve travelled. You don’t seek to be understood any longer. You’re just you and I can see you’re quite happy with it. Yes, sometimes the nightmares return, sometimes the Black Dog hounds you, but you also know to be selfish, love yourself and pick yourself right back up. You don’t need flowers, cards and chocolates from those you love. You are secure knowing they love you – through thick and thin. Know that you’re really awesome and I like you a heck of a lot now. Lots of love, You #visualartdiary_michmutters #australia #fineartphotography #art #collage

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You Have To Dream And Keep Dreaming. You Have To Hope And Keep Hoping. But Most Of All, You Have To Love Yourself And Keep Going. Last night, I attended the launch of the @emmahackartprize … as a finalist, with the people who care for me the most, and I them. “Queen of Her Own Dreams” definitely depicts me, my identity as an individual and how I feel right now. In the digital age, I’ve been able to cut my teeth in shortlisted exhibitions, publications and awards overseas. I’ve never had the chance to attend any of the events where my work has been shown. It’s always left me with a slightly empty feeling. To finally be shortlisted in my hometown #adelaide #southaustralia means so much to me. Nothing can replace seeing your own work in a physical state and IRL. I cannot thank @atkins_photo_lab for the high quality print produced in such a short time frame. #atkinsphotolab is the best! For years now, my images have been the voice for many who suffer in silence the effects of #PTSD , #depression and #anxiety . Regardless of awareness, often times it’s still considered a stigma perhaps because it’s been diagnosed so widely. But for those who suffer deeply and quietly, finding your own light, no matter how small or faint it is, is something to focus on. When you learn to eat the elephant in small chunks, things seem manageable even if it seems you’ve fallen in a heap more times than you’ve stood up. I haven’t won anything yet. The achievement of the shortlist and having my work hang at the Adelaide Festival Centre alongside other local talents during the #adlfringe @adlfringe is enough. I am truly #grateful and #happy . If you would like to support #southaussie art, The People’s Choice Award is open online (link on my bio) or you can make purchase as well. #supportlocal This is dedicated to all the people I ‘know’ who have supported me with no judgement. #visualartdiary_michmutters #australia #fineartphotography #art #visualart #artist

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I am so proud and happy to be a finalist in this year’s Emma Hack Art Prize. If you have been a supporter of my work, and you like “Queen of Her Own Dreams”, please feel free to vote for it under the People’s Choice Award. http://bit.ly/1QqMgW0 This link is also available on my bio here on Instagram. Or search me up on #facebook , username “michmutters” – there is a public post with the live link. The Emma Hack Art Prize 2016 finalists’ #exhibition is during the Adelaide Fringe Festival #ADLfringe at the Adelaide Festival Centre from 9th Feb – 13 March 2016. The exhibition is free, so if you’re in #adelaide #southaustralia, pop by to have a look! #thankyou in advance if you vote! #visualartdiary_michmutters #australia #fineartphotography #art #visualart #artist

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“A Thin Veil of Political Correctness to Mask Hypocrisy to Cover Up Honesty” I blame social media and all of its Keyboard Warriors … Or the people who quietly stalk your Facebook profile and make judgement on your honest opinions. The Screen Shot Shooters are the worse of all. They will go into battle with their screen shots and type things that will never be said face-to-face. #visualartdiary_michmutters #australia #fineartphotography #art

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“Love Your Own Good Company” “If you are alone you belong entirely to yourself. If you are accompanied by even one companion you belong only half to yourself or even less in proportion to the thoughtlessness of his conduct and if you have more than one companion you will fall more deeply into the same plight.” – Leonardo da Vinci #visualartdiary_michmutters #australia #fineartphotography #art

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