Where the Light Gets In: Slam Poetry Artist Zachary Kluckman on single parenthood, depression, and the power of art-making in community Just Be Yourself, You Are Wonderful: Modern Fresco Painter Ali Cavanaugh On Finding Forgiveness and Freedom We Were All Women in the Womb: Icelandic Drag Performers On Feminism and Free Expression Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Richard T. Scott Paints America’s Identity Crisis Handsome Devils: Alessandro Tomassetti on Painting the Sensual Man “Beauty Is Not Perfection, It Is Sublimating the Imperfect”: Interview with Helene Delmaire, France For the Love of Music and Beauty: Interview with Singer, Songwriter, Halie Loren The Sea Casts Its Spell: Interview with Oslo, Norway Figurative Painter, Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen

Where the Light Gets In: Slam Poetry Artist Zachary Kluckman on single parenthood, depression, and the power of art-making in community

“I love you for bringing your light to the party. Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”

Just Be Yourself, You Are Wonderful: Modern Fresco Painter Ali Cavanaugh On Finding Forgiveness and Freedom

“I know what that is like when you can’t hold it together any longer, when it just all comes down on top of you.”

We Were All Women in the Womb: Icelandic Drag Performers On Feminism and Free Expression

“Gender is a social construct and drag breaks it down and reconstructs it.”

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.”

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.

“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

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

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.”

Igniting the global community through exploration of the arts

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."

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