A gif of the exhibition title, Ambrosia, in Hoss Sharp with various glyphs and images shuffling and replacing random letters in the word.

Lindsay Magnant

A glyph of a paintbrush.

unbusy

When you search for ‘slow’ synonyms on the internet, some of the first words to appear are lazy, stagnant, lethargic, passive, apathetic, drowsy, reluctant, and the list goes on. In refutation, I hereby associate ‘slow’ with waiting for the seasons to change, observing a candle burn, letting clothes air dry, watching a snail cross the sidewalk, curating a really good playlist, fermenting some cabbage, and the list goes on.

The demanding, fast-paced society we live in has always seemed to overwhelm me more than encourage or inspire. We’ve been taught from an early age that our worth and success is directly tied to our production. As a person who values a nice cup of coffee and a jigsaw puzzle much more than a career, I am constantly terrified of my future. I came across the concept of slow living, and as an avid self-help book reader, I was immediately captivated. Slow living is not a new concept, mom blogs have been preaching at us for a long time to pop on a face mask, take deep breaths, and go on more walks. But I knew there was more to learn, so over the past year I began to adopt and practice slowness in my own life.

unbusy is a collection of my thoughts and experiences on slow living. The ultimate ode to all of the self-help books I’ve read that never influenced me; my own self-help book to put an end to all other self-help books.

Three cut out images of a banana peel, each laying in a cross shape at different stages of decay, aging and browning from right to left.
Handwritten signature from Lindsay Magnant in black.

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