Posts Tagged ‘Combustus Interview’

Let Me Tell You About My Father…

John Stanazzi

I invited some of the special people I know ~ from poets whose work has appeared in Combustus magazine to a dancer friend of mine who immigrated from Hungary ~ to share with us some of the wisdom they’ve received over the years from their fathers as well as what has been passed on to their own children.

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The Naked Paintings of Teresa Oaxaca

Consider the paintings of 22-year-old Teresa Oaxaca, a classically trained aritst who layers elaborate costumes onto her portrait subjects ~ as well as onto her own body. By all rights, what we take in before us ought to be thick with disguise. But are they? Or is the psyche somehow rendered even more transparent to the viewer’s eye?

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Why Beauty Matters: Philosopher Roger Scruton & Theologian, Painter, Michael Pearce On Why We Need to Reclaim Art for the Soul, Part II

“We cannot reach a consensus on the definition of beauty, any more than on the definition of other such volatile terms. But we can reach a consensus on the importance of beauty, and its place in our lives. The test of time is important, but the important time is now. And that is why we must educate children in the love of the beautiful and the capacity to distinguish the true from the phony examples.”
~ Roger Scruton, philosopher, writer, Oxford University professor

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The “Slippery” Photographs of Robert Siegelman

“Honesty is dangerous. For my work to have honesty and candor: Dangerous… What we are aroused by can be very surprising… There are somethings we know that we are aroused by, and that we consider “proper” or consistent with our self image. But watch out! Surprises happen!”

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Ian Gamache: Outsider Artist

I don’t consider what I do to be ‘whining’, in fact part of me agrees with the ‘pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps’ philosophy; but not everybody has boots, or even legs for that matter.

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