“In this new collection of artwork I’m doing, ‘Shadow Circus,’ I follow the tradition of southern storytellers and looking at the shadow self. There’s a lot that’s going on subconsciously, and I’m trying to push it into my work. We all have a polite veneer yet we also all contain tragedy and brutality and absurdity. Most of the time we try to hide that.”
~Kirsten Stingle, ceramicist

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“Intention in touch is no small thing. We can all sense each other’s intentions, even through the web, let alone with glances and body language. So of course, the more secure one is about their own intentions, the more effective their touch. I like to think of touch as ‘bearing witness.’ It is not of judgment, but understanding.”
— Debra Benjamin, Reiki massage therapist; Miami Beach, Florida, USA.

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Trust betrayed. Faith destroyed. Innocence lost. If you’re an artist, you can take this loss and use it. That doesn’t mean you can rewrite what happened or how it wrenched your soul.

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Aron Demetz

Aaron Demetz, previously featured in the Combustus piece, “We the Innocents,” (for a reposting, see below) has several new distressed wood sculptures on exhibit at Gazelli Art House in London, starting March 28th. Along with fellow sculptor Shan Hur, Demetzis is featured in the exhibit The Tainted.

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April Mansilla profile

“I myself cannot comprehend illnesses outside of the ones I have had, but I can empathize, and I believe that is what art does: It draws the viewer past clinical definitions, and lets the viewer empathize on their own terms.”
~April Mansilla

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Many of the sights and sounds we’re subjected to in our society are harsh and disturbing. Psychologically and spiritually toxic. Scenes of cruelty, vindictiveness, ugliness and pettiness saturate the media and poison the mental atmosphere. I like the fact that I am sending out into the world images, pictures, little visions, that may do a tiny bit to counteract all that and communicate a sense of beauty, gentle humanity, grace, even holiness. It makes me feel like I’m doing something worthwhile in this sad, sad world.

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“we think that because we go bungee jumping, that’s enlivening, but there’s always a safety net. Just as there are always curbs to keep you from careening off the roads when you’re driving. Whereas in the villagers I visited, your life is in your hands there. And if you go off the road, there’s no one who’s going to find you, maybe for days. You are responsible for your own life in a way that we’re not required to be here.”
~Olivia Pendergast, figurative oil painter, Vashon Island, Washington

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