16th Jul 2014

Closer to Wildness: Interview with Oregon Artist Irene Hardwicke Olivieri

"I realize that many people might never read what I write in a painting, but I like knowing that if they do, they might find something interesting, like the text in one painting describes how to raise caterpillars, another describes aphrodisiac recipes from around the world. When I’m working on a painting about something deeply personal like family secrets, the text happens organically – I’m feeling, thinking, painting."

21st Dec 2013

Marwa Alnajjar, Amman, Jordan: “We defend our artworks with our fists and our crazy courage”

Countries in the Middle East vary a lot. for instance, there is a great difference between Dubai and Afghanistan, but professional women are oppressed all over the world in many ways. I myself have faced a lot of obstacles being a woman artist, yet I knew that women can do everything men could do. The more men have told me, "you can't do that," the more I had to prove them wrong. I had to hold it up for all women who looked up to me to be brave and courageous. We defend our artworks with our fists and our crazy courage. When you have guys that disrespect you, you're gonna have to teach them a lesson, otherwise they are going to keep walking all over you. I'm sorry, but that's the way it is out there; it's not easy. But this also reflects views of the art world in general.

21st Sep 2013

Censorship and the Sins of Omission: The Plight of the Independent Presses

But there is another type of book banning – a banning by omission, rather than commission – that goes unnoticed. Marketplace censorship, the de facto banning of books by independent presses that don’t have advertising budgets, or distribution deals with one of the few book distributors who have a virtual monopoly on distributing to bookstores and libraries.

21st Sep 2013

Postcard From Pakistan: Cross-Cultural Friendships Drown Out the Silencing

Many American friends might be even surprised to know that despite a big public outcry about US drone attacks and high civilian casualties, a large number of Pakistanis don't blame or hate the American people. They understand that Americans are as much victims of this present 'war' as we are. This understanding, this acceptance, is born of the deep spirituality permeating most of our society.

21st Sep 2013

Censorship in the High School: Missing the Point About What We Deem Offensive

This was no student vandal...much worse. This was the work of one of my colleagues.

21st Sep 2013

The Censorship Issue

Freedom of expression. It's a basic human right guaranteed to each and every one of us by the United Nations. But does this freedom in reality truly exist?

03rd Jul 2013
Heidi Durrow

Novelist Heidi Durrow: The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

I think all of us in some way or another are unknown to ourselves. We know parts of who we are but there as other aspects of ourselves that are constantly still being revealed. The book is about how events and people in our lives help create us and make us the story of who we are.

23rd Jun 2013
Kelly Rees

Embracing Intimacy: Conversation with Sexuality Coach Kelly Rees, Portland, Oregon

Just as every element in a dream can be seen as reflecting a different aspect of the dreamer, so also Kelly Rees feels that fantasies can work the same way.

19th May 2013

Why Beauty Matters: Philosopher Roger Scruton & Theologian, Painter, Michael Pearce On Why We Need to Reclaim Art for the Soul

Political philosopher, Hannah Arendt defined artworks as “thought things,” ideas given material form to inspire reflection and rumination. Dialog. Sometimes even discomfort. We know that art matters. But the question posed by modern philosophers such as Roger Scruton, of Oxford University, is, How do we want it to affect us?

19th May 2013

Why Beauty Matters: Philosopher Roger Scruton & Theologian, Painter, Michael Pearce On Why We Need to Reclaim Art for the Soul, Part II

"We cannot reach a consensus on the definition of beauty, any more than on the definition of other such volatile terms. But we can reach a consensus on the importance of beauty, and its place in our lives. The test of time is important, but the important time is now. And that is why we must educate children in the love of the beautiful and the capacity to distinguish the true from the phony examples." ~ Roger Scruton, philosopher, writer, Oxford University professor

11th May 2013

The “Slippery” Photographs of Robert Siegelman

"Honesty is dangerous. For my work to have honesty and candor: Dangerous... What we are aroused by can be very surprising... There are somethings we know that we are aroused by, and that we consider “proper” or consistent with our self image. But watch out! Surprises happen!"

04th May 2013
Deborah Stein profile

Deborah Jiang Stein, a Woman Born in Prison

"Children need their mothers. I feel lucky I lived a year with my birth mother in prison. We bonded and I know this helped better prepare me for life. The down side, the trauma of our separation, after that year together, took its toll. She had a long sentence ahead of her." ~writer, Deborah Jiang Stein

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