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abstract art thoughts from Ernst Kris

inserisci | acrylic on canvas | 18in x 24in

Thoughts of Ernst Kris in Eric Kandel’s book, “Reductionism in Art and Brain Science”: For the artist, the creative process is also interpretative, and for the beholder the interpretative process is also creative. Because the extent of the viewer’s contribution depends on the degree of ambiguity in the image, a work of abstract art, with its lack of reference to identifiable forms, arguably puts greater demands on the beholder’s imagination than a figurative work does. Perhaps it is these demands that make abstract works seem difficult to some viewers, yet rewarding to those who find in them an expansive, transcendent experience. 

The Right to Participate

experience3763mm20 | mixed media on handmade recycled paper | 9in x 12in

“Some of us gave a little blood for the right to participate in the democratic process.” John Lewis, civil rights leader and congressman

I wish I had known Congressman Lewis. I believe I could have learned a great deal from him.

The Discovery of New Worlds

experience 9663wc20 | watercolor | 11in x 14in

I remember as a little kid sitting on dirt and picking up a small rock and just looking. Looking at the rock. Looking at the shape the rock had formed into the earth. Hearing a bird or two chirp. The wind rustling through the Pennsylvania trees and dancing over my face. And feeling this extraordinary pulse through me as if I had discovered another world. And I had. It was such a rich, full feeling. And here I am, decades later. It is the same. A shadow on a surface. Day becoming night. Always the discovery of new worlds. The experiences of life are amazing…