"...horror and doubt distract
His troubl'd thoughts, and from the bottom stirr
The Hell within him, for within him Hell
He brings, and round about him, nor from Hell
One step no more [than] from himself can fly..."
-Milton, Paradise Lost, IV 18-22
Referencing Marlowe's Faustus, Milton plays with the idea of one's mind comprising the only true delineation of hell. Satan's relative freedom becomes worthless in the face of obsessive, troubling thoughts.
The Art of Idleness is a small collection of images that was captured across the span of twelve notebooks. Though not an artist in earnest by any means (and neither a fallen angel), the creator of these images set them to paper under the duress of similarly infamous chambers: packed wall to wall with listless, bleary eyed bodies, resounding with the same breathless drone of absolute authority -- the classroom.
These sketches, drawings, and doodles were made in idleness and range in subject from the whimsical to the absurd. They are pure escapism. They are not purposeful and they are (certainly) not professional, and therefore occupy the grey line separating what might be called art from what might be called archives.
It is precisely because of these drawings’ quotidian origins that they are otherwise overlooked and forgotten; but these images, created in an environment divorced both from planning and pretension, represent an interesting look into the unconstrained, casual imagination. Thus The Art of Idleness is for all people wishing to share in this examination, for research purposes or, more likely, to satisfy an idle escapism of their own.