|Let Faith Rise|
I'm happy to be back blogging again after a little break! Major things have been afoot for me in the volunteer and career worlds, so expect to see these changes reflected in the blog. More career news will be out in a week or two, but I did write last week about my new involvement in The 1947 Partition Archive. I also recently started docent training at the Asian Art Museum- we've got a fabulous lineup of South Asian art to learn about this fall, so be prepared to see posts on that after our Friday trainings. And if you've left a comment on a post and I haven't gotten back to you yet- I will!
|We Played While Ama Took a Nap|
|Around the Tree III|
I don't consider myself an art critic (although that may change by the end of docent training!), but I am certainly moved by her work. It is simple, direct, heartfelt, and generally quite positive. Her art is also attractive to look at. I believe this is mostly due to her continuing exploration of beauty. It's an interesting thought: when you create art, do you recreate that which you find most beautiful? Or do you attempt to give meaning to that which most of us find ugly or repulsive? Most modern art to me is interesting, but not generally attractive. I'm interested by the fact that modern art often explores the underbelly of popular culture or reveals social hypocrisy, but most of it isn't something I'd necessarily want on my walls. Arastu's work, in contrast, is something I'd happily live with at home. Is the point of art to educate or to inspire? To reflect that which is noble, or to reveal that which is base? Arastu's work is a deep reflection of her mind and spiritual practice. It's a reflection of traditions and human qualities that are honored, blended, and cultivated. That certainly should have a place in the modern art world as well.
|The Blue God V|