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"In the midst of grief, what can art do?" The too-short life of artist (and friend) Susan O'Malley.

"In the midst of grief, what can art do?" The too-short life of artist (and friend) Susan O'Malley.

The kind of art that O’Malley made was preoccupied with the social connections in our lives. In recent years, it had taken the form of big, colorful prints and public murals that distilled simple life lessons and transmitted nuggets of wisdom. Her work was meant to comfort and subtly provoke. For a 2012 exhibit celebrating the reopening of the Palo Alto Art Center, she solicited community advice from passersby. The resulting posters, hand-printed using vintage processes, have the starryeyed feel of early-’60s advertising: “Take More Chances, Make More Friends” in red, white, and blue type; “Love Is Everywhere, Look for It” in bubble-gum pink; “Enjoy Your Hair While You Have It” in shades of orange; “Don’t Ever Lie” in lime green. She thought of these messages as community-authored public service announcements. One colleague playfully described them as “little slaps of love...

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