Day 17 of #the100dayproject and #100thingstoeatinbrazil is for Caju!
This fruit comes from the Northeastern region of Brazil, and it was exported by the Portuguese as early as 1550.
The name Caju comes from the Tupi word “acaju” which means “nut that produces itself” but it also refers to “year” or “age”, since there were tribes that told their age by the completion of the cycles of flowering and harvest of the caju trees.
Warriors from far off tribes would make the yearly journey to the Northeastern coast and wage war with the local tribes for the right to harvest the fruits. And during the Dutch colonization of the region, the knocking down of a caju tree was punishable with a heavy fine.
"Art is never finished, only abandoned." In the spirt of that, here’s a series of abandoned projects.
I spent most of today doing battle with a vicious little stomach bug that had me curled up in bed. In a daze I decided to look back at the progress of my work since I left art school. I clicked through multiple hard drives of old work and sketches and scrolled through endless notes on my phone. It’s embarrassing the number of projects I’ve abandoned, it’s like I’m a hoarder for half baked ideas. So many false starts and getting distracted by shiny new thoughts and jumping to the next thing just because it feels new.
In my post-flu enlightenment - that feeling when you’re coming out of sickness and you appreciate everything so much more - I had a few moments of clarity. I noticed that for the most part, whenever I’m exporting files to publish, I never write “final” in the name. I always write “blah blah_rough_v1, etc.” Unless forced, I have a very difficult time calling a project done or “final.” It’s because of this reason that I can’t consistently publish work. It’s not because I lack ambition, it’s because I don’t have the perspective necessary to call something finished.
According to @jackconte, there are two types of work: 1) working for the shear pleasure of making things, and 2) working to publish - working to make something functional and good enough. For my personal work, it’s that second type I’d like to get better at. Any tips?