For the Love of Music and Beauty: Interview with Singer, Songwriter, Halie Loren Sifting Through Stardust: Conversations with Astrophysicist Raymond Frey The Sea Casts Its Spell: Interview with Oslo, Norway Figurative Painter, Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen The Fertile Ground of New York City Oil Painter Martin Wittfooth Her Sweet Excess: Interview with American Painter Adrienne Stein The Uber-Representational Paintings of John Brosio Intimacy With the Unseen: Interview with Figurative Painter Mia Bergeron Women Under Glass: The Paintings of Alyssa Monks And Down Came the Spiders: Narrative Figurative Painter, Katie O’Hagan “I Have Dreams Where I Can Breathe Under Water”: Interview with Figurative Painter, Teresa Elliott

For the Love of Music and Beauty: Interview with Singer, Songwriter, Halie Loren

“…And you are reminded of just how strong this medium is and yet also how little it has to do with you. You realize that it’s not just about you.”
~ Halie Loren

Sifting Through Stardust: Conversations with Astrophysicist Raymond Frey

In his new column for Combustus, astrophysicist Raymond Frey, head of the University of Oregon physics department, takes questions sent in by readers on everything from, “Is time travel really possible?” to “What is dark energy, anyway?”

The Sea Casts Its Spell: Interview with Oslo, Norway Figurative Painter, Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen

“If you as a child would approve of how you live your life, then you’re doing it right.”

The Fertile Ground of New York City Oil Painter Martin Wittfooth

“I’m exploring allegories of rebirth: the notion that we often have to let something die (metaphorically speaking) for something else to be allowed to be realized and flourish.”

Her Sweet Excess: Interview with American Painter Adrienne Stein

“My work is personal, containing symbols and codes for things that are taking place in my life or what I yearn for. The stakes are high, so when others disapprove of your work, they essentially disapprove of you. It is a great risk. The life of an artist is full of self-doubt and isolation. Yet this is a part of everyone’s experience.”

The Uber-Representational Paintings of John Brosio

“I am, of course, not entirely sure of what is going on in these images because, were I too certain, I would have no need to attempt them. But the dissatisfaction, or ‘frustration,’ as you call it, is very much a necessary ingredient. Maybe even the only ingredient.”

Intimacy With the Unseen: Interview with Figurative Painter Mia Bergeron

“I’m a deep believer in physical rituals as a way to understand our world. Painting is a way for me to understand my own life.”

Women Under Glass: The Paintings of Alyssa Monks

“I want to somehow express what it’s like to be in their skin. I believe this is what art can do at its best. Maybe this way we will feel less alone in the world, more compassionate to each other, work with, instead of against, one other.”

And Down Came the Spiders: Narrative Figurative Painter, Katie O’Hagan

“My usual coping mechanism during stressful times is to detach a bit emotionally and power through, but I guess there are always cracks in the armor, and these images seem to slip out unbidden.”

“I Have Dreams Where I Can Breathe Under Water”: Interview with Figurative Painter, Teresa Elliott

“There’s something irreverent about getting muddy. Plus, its related to play and recreation. My mother was OCD about keeping the floors clean, her hair in place. This is all counter to my mud series, which by the way is not appreciated by my parents. They have a visceral reaction to my mud paintings. That’s one advantage to being a mature artist, though, there’s no time to waste and I do what I want, but they remain scandalized.”

Igniting the global community through exploration of the arts

13th Feb 2018

For the Love of Music and Beauty: Interview with Singer, Songwriter, Halie Loren

"...And you are reminded of just how strong this medium is and yet also how little it has to do with you. You realize that it's not just about you." ~ Halie Loren

04th Feb 2018

Sifting Through Stardust: Conversations with Astrophysicist Raymond Frey

In his new column for Combustus, astrophysicist Raymond Frey, head of the University of Oregon physics department, takes questions sent in by readers on everything from, "Is time travel really possible?" to "What is dark energy, anyway?"

16th Jan 2018

The New Year and the Self-Portrait as Self-Reflection: Interview with Jaakko Savolainen, Finland

"Making a self-portrait is a very emotional and impulsive process."

01st Oct 2017

The Sea Casts Its Spell: Interview with Oslo, Norway Figurative Painter, Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen

"If you as a child would approve of how you live your life, then you’re doing it right." ~Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen, painter, Oslo, Norway

09th Sep 2017

The Interior Life of the Observer: Interview with Figurative Painter Christina Sealey

"I have often found myself in the position of the observer. This creates a feeling of loneliness that pervades my work."

17th Jul 2017

Gary Briechle, Rockland, Maine: Wet-plate Collodion Camera Slows Life Down Into Intimate Moments

"When I make a photograph, it has the feeling of a miracle. Almost like a zen thing. The good pictures, I can’t take full credit for them. You don’t make a photograph so much as receive it. I wander around with my eyes open, and I’m just hoping for the best. Sometimes things that you’d never think would be special, you just hit upon, not fully understanding at the time why." ~Gary Briechle, photographer, Rockland, Maine

09th Jun 2017

Of Love, Loss and Rebirth: Motoi Yamamoto’s Saltscapes

The former dockyard worker from Hiroshima decided that instead of creating one enduring piece to serve as metaphor for a love never-ending, he would construct a series of temporary installations meticulously fashioned from the painstakingly slow arrangement of so many tiny grains of salt.

01st Jun 2017

Christina Bothwell, Sculptures in Glass and Stone

"I was a little surprised to hear so many people express that they perceive my pieces as being intentionally disturbing. Wanting to explore the workings of the unconscious tends to make people feel uncomfortable. They imagine death...I like to think of insects caught in amber."

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