“Do things that matter to your heart” is just one of hundreds of simple yet profound pieces of advice that artist Susan O’Malley collected from people aged 7 to 88 for her project Advice from My 80-Year-Old Self. O’Malley asked individuals to consider what words of wisdom they would pass on to their younger selves if given the chance. The resulting collection features powerful statements of affirmation and perseverance, humor, and reminders to be present and appreciative of every moment. Presented as bold graphic posters, these phrases reflect the positivity and desire to create authentic connections between strangers that characterized O’Malley’s artistic practice.
Susan O'Malley (1976–2015) was an internationally exhibited artist and curator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. O'Malley's artwork has been exhibited in public projects across the United States—San Francisco, New York, Nashville—and around the globe in the United Kingdom, Poland, and Denmark. She exhibited at alternative spaces and cultural institutions including, in California, SFMOMA, the Oakland Museum of California, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Montalvo Arts, Kala Art Institute, and Palo Alto Art Center, as well as the Contemporary Art Museum (Houston, TX), and the Parthenon Museum (Nashville, TN).
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