Hey there! Sigrid Wald here. As a self-professed lover of art and literature, I turn to both to recenter when life starts to feel overwhelming.
Why? Art transcends all boundaries. It was one the first tools used for communication and, in my mind, has remained one of the most instrumental mediums available to bridge gaps and misunderstandings in a world that remains so divided. Art requires us to question our beliefs, it asks questions without expecting to find the answers and it embraces the unknown – something our society continually struggles to accept.
While traveling across a good portion of Europe, I bought unconventional souvenirs. Instead of your typical coffee cup, I collected artwork from local street artists. I can still picture the man’s face when I gushed over how much I loved his watercolor pieces of the Eiffel Tower. He ended up giving me two pieces for the price of one. Although he didn’t speak English and I never mastered French, he understood. He appreciated that I appreciated him. And he beamed.
Though I am still consumed by wanderlust for foreign lands, I have found a new admiration for my home state. I started to realize how much I take for granted and continue to overlook just here in South Dakota. This blog is an attempt to reach out to talented individuals across the state and take in all South Dakota has to offer. But it is also a portal for me to explore the concepts on how to live and inquire about what it means to live a good life, questions from which all art inherently derives.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey.