08th Jan 2016

Pam Hawkes, UK: A Deeper Truth

DEANNA ELAINE PIOWATY: "Your definition of ‘beauty’?" PAM HAWKES: "Surfaces that I want to stroke, touch or lick."

02nd Jan 2016
Agostino Arrivabene, "Martyrium. S.Dorotea," Oil on linen, cm 70x50

Artists & Writers Who Ignite Us

What is it about a particular painting, poem, photograph, piece of music, dance performance that sets us so on fire? There's clearly an alchemy at work here which cannot be contrived or predicted, a mixing of what the artist brings forth from the imagination, together with what we ourselves carry to the experience: our own unique psychology, personal history, those all-but-forgotten stories from our past. The following, then, is a very personal pick list of those who have resonated both with my readers and myself, artists and writers who shared with us, through their work and interviews here, precious glimpses into their psyches and souls: sometimes tender and exquisite, other times painful, even disquieting, but always courageous, insightful, honest.

27th Dec 2015

Art As Therapy for the Unsatisfied Man: Interview with Argentine painter, Martin Llamedo

"Making a man happy, for more than a few seconds after consumption, is not very interesting to a consumer society; for them an unsatisfied man is preferable. Beauty and art, therefore, is fundamental therapy today."

22nd Nov 2015

The Natural Tension Between Creativity and Constraints

"Math is inseparable from nature, from us; and, as the search for numbers went on for thousands of years, numbers represent the human search for knowledge. "

04th Apr 2015

A Cold Story On a Warm Night: The Mischief-Making of Pamela Wilson

"I like the juxtaposition of a cold story in a warm light. It creates confusion and room to explore."

28th Mar 2015

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."

28th Feb 2015

“We Live Our Lives in Circles”: Interview with Mary Chiaramonte

"I like to entertain the idea that we live the same lives over and over. This is the thought behind this painting: that we live our lives in these circles, and all of our time will be experienced again."

22nd Feb 2015

The Poetry of Synchronicity: Interview with Erin Anderson

"I think synchronicities are most noticeable when we look backward. In the moment, our experiences can feel disjointed, especially when the unexpected happens. But when you stand from a higher vantage point looking backward, the individual pieces of your experience fit together with a poetic elegance that just feels right."

13th Dec 2014

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."

30th Nov 2014

A Graceful Lingering: Interview with Helene Knoop

"Having children has meant that I don’t spend time on motifs which are not so interesting. There has to be more content."

22nd Nov 2014

And The Stars Fell: Interview with artist Julyan Davis

"She came each day to stand in front of the murder ballad paintings. She had grown up listening to all that music. 'I just stand here,' she told me,.. 'And the paintings pull the marrow from my chest.' ”

16th Nov 2014

Intimacy of the Unseen: Interview with 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."

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