"One of the basic principles of every single art form has to do not with what's there –– the music, the words, the movement, the dialogue, the paint –– but with what isn't. In the visual arts it's called "negative space" –– the blank parts around and between objects, which is, of course, every bit as crucial as the objects themselves. The negative space allows us to see the nonnegative space in all its glory and gloom, its colour and mystery and light. What isn't there gives whats there meaning. Imagine that." –– Cheryl Strayed (b. 1968), American author
* source: Cheryl Strayed. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar. New York: Vintage Books, 2012.
Tiny Beautiful Things is among my top five reads for 2016. Strayed is wise, funny, and deeply honest. The book is part advice column, part memoir and it's powerful stuff. I highly recommend it.