WHAT’S INSIDE A MENTALLY ILL MIND?

Everyone is familiar with "The Scream" by Munch.  He painted many other canvases of mental illness. In the 1990s I painted an abstract series of mentally ill people.  Unfortunately, I have no photos of them and no longer own the few pieces I painted.  I wanted to depict  how those suffering from mental disorders are...

EVOKE A DEEP MEDITATIVE STATE WITH ABSTRACT ART

THINK EMPTINESS Most types of meditation involve paying attention to your mind and if it wanders, bringing it to a chosen focal point. The focal point itself varies from meditation to meditation. Focusing on an abstract painting can still the mind. "Angel of Emptiness" exemplifies the Buddhist meaning of emptiness.  Emptiness does not mean complete...

DAVID SMITH AMERICAN SCULPTOR

Among the greatest American sculptors of the twentieth century, David Smith was the first to work with welded metal. He wove a rich mythology around this rugged work, often talking of the formative experiences he had in his youth while working in a car body workshop. He learned welding while there which he used in...

FEATURE ARTIST LISA K SALERNO

The Paper Dolls series unfolded quite by accident, or perhaps it was by luck? I discovered a dissonant joy and longing in the repeating nameless-faceless forms of the vaguely female shapes I cut while playing with my daughter. While my initial intent was to entertain my little girl with these fun and innocent cutouts, I found myself imagining a...

IT’S NOT ABOUT THE CRUCIFIXION or THE REAL MEANING OF THE CRUCIFIXION

Fearful connotations are associated with the crucifixion. The crucifixion can be and  has been misunderstood because the fearful are apt to perceive fearfully. The crucifixion is the extreme example of how not to accept false justification for anger.  The crucifixion actually represents release from fear to anyone who understands it. How we perceive is based...

Are These Chairs Really Chairs?

These modern art chairs by artist Darren Foote display a common subject with a different perspective. Even though these chairs are not what you normally sit on, they can be identified as chairs. Abstract art provides a recipe for learning how to read what you see. No two people see the same way. Sometimes a...
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