have. We live a life stuck in schedules and if we take out a few minutes for ourselves from the polyphonic life we live, we understand the beauty and true essence of life. And that is what Abramovic tried to do and preach to people in her silent performance, “The Artist Is Present.” We all live life with a purpose and that purpose may differ from person to person but as we live each day of our life, as we experience new things, we start thinking that the life we live is inadequate and that nothing will ever be enough to quench our thirst for a perfect life. In “Looking for a Lost Dog”, Ehrlich starts her journey with the purpose of finding her missing canine but she doesn’t know where she will end up, she doesn’t know the future. This is the type of attitude towards life she wants us to live with. To accentuate and establish her point of view, she quotes, “I walk with a purpose but no destination. Only then do I see, at least momentarily, that everything is here (Ehrlich 241,242).” When we start to understand and acknowledge the human constraints and limitations, we realize what we’re missing and find what we’ve lost. “I walk and walk; from the falls, over Grouse Hill, to the dry wash. Today it is enough to make a shadow (242).”
Shah 8 WORKS CITED Ehrlich, Gretel. "Looking for a Lost Dog." Encounters: Essays for Exploration and Inquiry . 2 nd ed. Pat C. Hoy II and Robert DiYanni. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000. 239-242. McLeod, Neal. “Cree Poetic Discourse.” The Broadview Anthology of Expository Prose. 3 rd ed. Buzzard, Lepan, Ruddock and Stuart. New York: Broadview Press, 2016. Online 1-15. Kandinsky, Wassily. “ Cossacks .” 1910/11. Oil on Canvas. In Tate Gallery, London. Abramovic, Marina. “ The Artist is Present .” 2012. MoMA, New York.
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