Art is Medicine

Art is a way of understanding past experience as well as a way to see things anew. It allows us to contextualize and reframe ideas about ourselves and our place in the world. Most directly understood intuitively, with subtle forces at work on a subconscious level, both viewing and making art can elevate us from the slog. Carving out a physical anchor-point to mindfulness practice, an art object can trigger an opportunity for moments to breathe deeply with the senses and s – t – r – e – t – c – h calcified neural networks, opening the heart. Like utilizing a guided meditation, physical works of art can awaken the heart to itself by becoming a shelter for daydreams, intentions and quietude.

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Enameled Talismans

Stencil images airbrushed on clay surfaces have given way to enameling on copper. What I’d read is that it’s one of those things, you can learn in an evening and master over a lifetime. So, I chose a color palette to play with and hit order. Now, I’m easing into incorporating this new finish into a coherent body of symbolic imagery, applied across two different mediums. My thought is that the most frequently absorbed imagery around us should be planted in place with an intention to uplift. The talismanic use of an everyday object can apply to art, a garment, your favorite drinking vessel or necklace. If these are heavily laden with meaning, then they serve to reaffirm an idea about who we are every time our eyes pass over them.

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