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July 28, 2017

 There are times when life takes us down. We feel either beaten down, or fallen, or abandoned, or defeated or overwhelmed by grief and other hard feelings. Without ever wanting to, we end up walking through times when the answers aren't easy. Sometimes, there are no an...

July 26, 2017

The famous social catalyst Caroline Casey says that when we lose our senses we are also untouched by beauty. I had never considered that there was a relationship between "aesthetics" and its not-at-all obvious counterpart, "anaesthesia." I speak to this connection beca...

July 26, 2017

The greatest gift of art is to inspire love. Not just romantic love, which is terrific; but a deeper love, a kind of appreciation for beauty and order. This brings me to an odd category i call, "Planetary Art." By this, I mean the careful placement and construction of...

July 21, 2017

"Like lighting a fire in the middle of a frozen night," asserts community artist Lily Yeh, "art can bring a blighted community back to life." She should know. Yeh has worked in the slums of Philadelphia, in the backyards of Kenya, in the killing fields of Rwanda, and i...

July 21, 2017

 “Art washes away from the soul the dust of every day life.”  -- Pablo Picasso

While the word "art" does conjure images of paintings or sculptures by the greats, a key driving purpose for this blog is to identify and raise to light artistic processes that permeate...

July 19, 2017

"God geometrizes" says the adage from "The Old Commentary," -- an esoteric work by Helena Blavatsky. This short phrase speaks to the power of art to convey order. Not just any order, but a kind of proportion that lends grace and strength to a construction, or an idea....

July 18, 2017

We've all seen it somewhere: a serene Buddha in a garden or entryway, creating a sense of sanctity even if we know nothing of the Buddha or his teachings. Some part of us recognizes sacred space, even if we're not interested in it. 

In some art forms - music, sculpture,...

July 16, 2017

I remember the first time I was taken to a museum. I was about 9, I went with my mother to the Museum of Fine Art in Houston; and we walked through the main gallery, without speaking much, and then into subsequent  galleries. I saw landscapes and portraits, some modern...

July 16, 2017

I have always been a visionary. I may have inherited this quality, if that's possible, from my father, who could foresee systems and transportation, all kinds of public services that would provide greater ease and equality of standards of living. He knew where highways...

July 15, 2017

 I did a sketch a few years ago about the impact of flowers upon me; but also then i was contemplating how flowers were impacted by light, and then in turn, their presence impacted my blood cells, and then in turn, how the purity of that overall emanation and relations...

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THE LIGHTBOX:  THEMES IN ART AND INSIGHT

"Lightbox" is a way to put themes into the light so that we can slow down and reap the understanding of subtle and powerful relationships between art, our psyches, and our communities.

© 2016 Kathryn P. Davison

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