Susan O'Malley / You Are Smarter and Stronger Than You Realize Notecards
Twenty different motivational sentiments make this uplifting collection of colorful cards perfect for any and all life occasions.
These Smarter and Stronger Notecards are inspired by Susan's project Community Advice. Originally created for the Palo Alto Art Center, Susan interviewed 100 people in Palo Alto for this project. She asked each interviewee: What advice would you give your 8-year-old self? What advice would you give your 80-year-old self? Using the words from these conversations, Susan created a series of letterpress posters that were later posted around town and exhibited in the gallery- and now in this set of notecards as well as the book Advice to my 80-Year-Old-Self.
In Susan's words: "I wanted to create this project because I think it’s easy to forget how wise we can be. We resist our internal wisdom because of fear, fatigue, inconvenience or any number of reasons. Also, I like to hear other people’s advice. It reminds me that we are different versions of each other trying to make our way through this life. And sometimes other people’s words magically express exactly what I’m thinking but can’t seem to pull together. My hope is that these community-authored public service announcements will reflect back – even if momentarily – our inner brilliance and perhaps allow a brief space to gently listen to our own advice."
Published by Chronicle Books
4 3/8" x 5 9/16" x 1 9/16";
Box set includes 20 postcards
Susan O'Malley (1976–2015) was an artist and curator from the San Francisco Bay Area. The impact of her inspiring work has traveled far and wide and her art has been exhibited in public projects around the globe.