1. Obsess delightfully (after Yayoi Kusama.)
2. Occupy suggestive spaces
(between accessible and complex, spare and profuse, funny and sad.)
3. Balance control with surrender (after Brian Eno.)
4. Improvise (but sometimes follow recipes.)
5. Make work ‘to order’ (occasionally, if it’s a good way of living.)
6. Tell cool lies (when it is necessary to escape reality
and/or serve your art.)
7. Find a warm but steady method.
8. Practice punctuality and neatness (as a form of kindness.)
9. Be patterned (but unafraid to smudge the pattern.)
10. Do write in the world.
Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu!
(Image sources: Yayoi Kusama Horse Play, Woodstock, NY, 1963; “1550 Chairs Stacked Between Two City Buildings” by Doris Salcedo, 2002; “Untitled, (A Gathering of Time)” by Cy Twombly, 2003; “Skater” via a panel of analysts; M.F.K. Fisher; “Isamu Noguchi tweaking a wooden frame for an Akari lamp at manufacturer Ozeki & Co’s workshop”; “jiji-de-jiji” via B-sides Archive; “Japanese American Chicago Resettlement, Picnic at Lake”; “Untitled (Perfect Lovers)” by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, 1991; “Wood Block Printing” and “Black Lives Matter” via La Mignonette)