Love Aesthetics

March 4, 2015


love aesthetics ode to nothing 0


image by Romeo and me 

A fresh, new sketchbook with blank pages. An empty gallery space. A white, unprinted t-shirt. An unoccupied house without any furniture, like you’re about to move in. A clean canvas. A book without a cover. Packaging without labels. Clean faces without make up. An abandoned construction site: empty land with a pile of bricks. Open spaces without a clear purpose. The sight of a flickering cursor on an all white computer screen. A bowl of noodles without the toppings.

Can you imagine the possibilities?

When I answer ‘nothingness’ when being asked what inspires me the most, I mean the absence of anything, a void, the lack of something. I always find myself staring at the empty corners in museums and work best when my desk is completely empty and free of visual distractions. It is also why I love the color white so much, it is so devoid of everything. It goes hand in hand with ‘form follows function’ as nothingness automatically brings you to essential functions and uncomplicated solutions.

If everything is already filled in there is nothing left to add. New ideas perhaps wouldn’t come to mind if the solution is already there. Nothingness and few resources make my brain more innovative and creative. I am actually happy that I had times with very little money and was forced to be smart and come up with new solutions. I’m happy to have had nothing instead of everything.
Nothing is everything.



  1. Charlie says:

    I could not agree more with every single word written here !

  2. Joyce says:

    Mooi gezegd en erg waar!

  3. Syrah says:

    Love this. so much. “nothingness automatically brings you to essential functions and uncomplicated solutions.” beautiful.

  4. Kristy says:

    I am planning a jewelry collection based exactly on these thoughts!

  5. Maja says:

    I love this post so much. That is exactly the kind of thoughts that make me creative in my work; when working with clay as an ceramist or trying new ideas in the kitchen for my blog:

    Nothing IS everything!

  6. DAISY says:

    when I got new mobile and I fill it with nothing only phone numbers
    it feels so aww

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  8. Luna says:

    I love reading these types of thoughtful posts <3

  9. i wanna cry.. your blog is a bible

    have a great day Ivania!

  10. Phi says:

    This picture is the most wonderful thing I have ever seen.

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