Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Welcome to Miami, bienvenido a Mi—[C CHECK]

“Art can help us to envision the new cultural images we need to grow our souls.”

While many in the art world descend upon Miami for Art Basel this week… I’m reading The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs, and, as I am wont to do, have been finding connections to art and the value of art:

In this period, we need artists to create new images that will liberate us […] and open up space in our hearts and minds to imagine and create another America that will be viewed by the world as a beacon rather than as a danger.

Art / culture and progress / [r]evolution are interminably intertwined. To the Occupy movement, she has the following message:

You have the opportunity to create something new. […] You must not be satisfied with rebellion. We need revolution. Revolution means reinventing culture.

Such is the role of art and the artist.


  1. Never wiser words were spoken, Jenny. Revolution indeed. The first quote is particularly inspiring!

  2. Such is the role of an artist, indeed!

  3. Thanks for the comments! Glad you were inspired, Irene.

  4. Dear Jenny,
    Thank you for your words!
    I think that my artistic work is precisely in this sense:

    The other side of reality

    With my art I want to venture to get a glimpse behind reality.
    I want to open doors that are closed to the everyday reality,
    I want to break shackles that strangle life.

    My work shows picturesque expressions of feelings,emotions
    and fantasies that touch me when looking at reality.

    Life is never complete without the other side,
    the irrational side, which is out of reach for the mind.

    But an approach to the other side of reality
    can only be accomplished through

  5. Thanks for sharing, Hanna. Through art we can reach truths that are otherwise unreachable.


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