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Susan O’Malley, Advice from My 80-Year-Old-Self

Advice from My 80-Year-Old-Self 2015

Susan O’Malley
b. /
Digital prints on archival rag paper
H22 in. x W17 in. framed dimensions of each individually framed print.
SFAC 181

Susan O’Malley asked everyday people, ranging in ages from seven to eighty-eight, “What advice would your 80-year-old self give you?” She began this project at a period in her life when she was considering leaving her “grown-up job” to focus on her artistic endeavors and while her mother was suffering from a rapidly degenerative disease. O’Malley distilled over one hundred interviews into vibrantly-colored text-based works. The inspirational words of these sixteen prints vary in content from the sincere to the silly and allude to the idea that the wisdom of our 80-year-old selves might already exist within us.