02nd Dec 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.

16th Jun 2016
Jonathan Mechanicus

The Ungraspable Shadow

"If you look at my work, you will notice I hide my models a lot. And because I hide them. I am able to show more.” ~ Photographer Jonathan Mechanicus, Netherlands

21st Apr 2013

Dorianne Laux: “All Poetry is Preparation for Death”

"Poetry allows us access to the quotidian mysteries. It allows us to revere the miracle of our lives as we live them, so that when death comes, we’ll be grateful." ~Dorianne Laux, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA