The Fertile Ground of New York City Oil Painter Martin Wittfooth Art As Therapy for the Unsatisfied Man: Interview with Argentine painter, Martin Llamedo Her Sweet Excess: Interview with American Painter Adrienne Stein “We Live Our Lives in Circles”: Interview with Mary Chiaramonte The Poetry of Synchronicity: Interview with Erin Anderson The Uber-Representational Paintings of John Brosio And The Stars Fell: Interview with artist Julyan Davis 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

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.”

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.”

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.”

“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.”

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.”

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.”

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.’ ”

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.”

Igniting the global community through exploration of the arts

03rd Aug 2013

Metalheads: Pam Hawkes, England, UK

My figures are still, icon-like, but often trapped within luxurious, decorative patterns. There are narratives of love, desire, disappointment, cautionary and celebratory going on here; it all depends literally on the viewer's standpoint.

03rd Aug 2013
Steven DaLuz

Metalheads: Steven DaLuz, San Antonio, Texas

I think there is a kind of yearning that we have, as humans ~ to know that we are not alone in this vast plane of existence. I try to pull the veil back just a little to reveal just a glimpse of something that could be.

27th Jul 2013

Is Writing Poetry Akin to Taking a Shamanic Journey? Interview with Ruth L. Schwartz, Ph.D.

"After having personally practiced shamanism, shamanic healing, and shamanic journeying for more than half a century, I can say that there is nothing I have encountered in reports of the spiritual experiences of saints, prophets, psychedelic drug experimenters, near death survivors, avatars and other mystics that is not commonly experienced when following classic journey methods using a drum." —Michael Harner, The Foundation for Shamnic Studies

20th Jul 2013

Between a Dancer and a Camera: The Photography of David Cooper

To create in light and line, capture emotion as it whispers across a face, energy as it tightens then loosens a body… David Cooper received no formal training in this, but instead gained his technique and sensitive eye through the matter of clocking in hours with his camera. He shows his subjects, the dancers, his proofs, listens carefully to their feedback, and makes whatever adjustments are needed. It’s a simple give-and-take. Generous from both sides. One might even call it a dance.

20th Jul 2013
lauren berry

Lauren Berry: The Lifting Dress

As award-winning poet Lauren Berry takes us through the after-effects of the sexual trauma experienced by her young narrator, the reader is chilled by the depth of the girl's vulnerability. But then there is another layer which the author weaves in with equally potency: the growing sense that here is a girl who, despite everything, remains the narrator of her own self-identity. Colorful and eccentric and steeped in lush, figurative language, this story, however difficult, is unmistakably her own.

19th Jul 2013
Absolution | Mitch Griffiths

Mitch Griffiths: When All Hope Is Not Lost, Gratitude

Art can be a medium for escape and take you on wonderful journeys. However, it must have the resonance of reality to truly connect. There needs to be gravitas. The best work is monumental, not ornamental.

14th Jul 2013

An Artist Dreamed: Interview with Ethiopian painter Yared Nigussu

I was in France at the time and I met a young guy in my French class. And he was an ex-child soldier. I saw him as always really sad. You didn't ever see a smile on his face. We'd go for coffee or a drink, and one day I just asked him, "Hey man, why don't you ever smile?" And he just explained to me that his childhood was stolen from him. I told him that if I was a writer I would write something, but I am a painter. So I painted his portrait.

06th Jul 2013
Regina Davis Izaguirre

Regina Davis Izaguirre, Figurative Painter: What the Songbirds Carry

I grew up in Mexico City, where my dad and I bred a collection of close to 70 birds – mostly songbirds. As lovers of both music and nature, this was our way of converging the two ~ and to keep our surroundings as pure as possible while living in the big city. Since then, birds have been a source of inspiration for my paintings.

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