13th May 2018

“Mama, I’m Coming Home”: A Mother’s Journey Through Her Son’s Mental Illness

It is ironic that the Oregon State hospital, where that famous Jack Nicholson movie (about an insane asylum run amok) was filmed is now where my son is being housed.

06th May 2018

Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Richard T. Scott Paints America’s Identity Crisis

"We become ourselves precisely when we drop the narrative, when we give up trying to construct our identity."

24th Mar 2018

Handsome Devils: Alessandro Tomassetti on Painting the Sensual Man

There is something to be gained from straight men being able to see the beauty in another man and in women being able to see the beauty in a man outside the masculine norm.

17th Mar 2018

ASTROBLAST: Astrophysicist Raymond Frey Remembers Stephen Hawking

Today's column is dedicated to English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, researcher and author, Professor Stephen Hawking.

01st Mar 2018

“Beauty Is Not Perfection, It Is Sublimating the Imperfect”: Interview with Helene Delmaire, France

“The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.” ― Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

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.

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