Tomas Does Nothing

Dear Victoria,

I hope you are doing well, and doing nothing! I’ve been inspired as of late to follow your example as well, taking time -while trying not to also carry a burden of guilt- and intentionally do nothing. I’m rarely successful in staying guilt free for long, self doubt creeps in so quickly, but then when I try to combat it by turning to work, I’m faced with a profound lack of presence. The act of reading is nearly impossible, it’s like I’m resisting the words, and meaning, out of disgust, and shame. I need more time, more empty space, but soon, I want to talk to you about presence, for now I am going to practice absence.

All Best,


Author: Victoria Stanton

Montreal-based performance artist, writer, and educator Victoria Stanton explores live action, human interaction, video, film, photography, and drawing.

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