Title

You do not have to be good.

Creator

Ambrose, Chelsea

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Year

2012

Work Type

Drawing

Material/Technique

Pastel on walnut ink wash

Dimensions

132" by 44"

Artist Statement

“Against my better judgement, I feel certain that somewhere very near here-the first house down the road, maybe -there's a good poet dying, but also somewhere very near here somebody's having a hilarious pint of pus taken from her lovely young body, and I can't be running back and forth forever between grief and high delight.”
-JD Salinger, Franny and Zooey

“You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting
...
Meanwhile, the wild geese, high in the clear blue air are heading home again.”
-Mary Oliver, Wild Geese

Life is a lot. Do not distress about all of it, all at once. Sit quietly with your animal self, and remember who and what you are again.

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Citation

Ambrose, Chelsea, “You do not have to be good.,” Lewis & Clark Senior Art, accessed April 20, 2014, https://library.lclark.edu/seniorprojects/items/show/3908.