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Dawn Patel (Brilliant Stranger)
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Reflecting on Art as it reflects Us.
“Art is a mirror to nature.”  Shakespeare House in the Woods 1989 “Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.”  Bertolt Brecht The Gulf Stream 1995 “In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And...
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Cartography of the Unseen World
I woke up this morning thinking two things.   1. I really should start working on an artist’s statement for “I Am Usha.” 2. I am at an age where many people have reached the top of their field. And then, as I so often like to do, I completely deconstructed ...
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Break (it) Down
The Prophet             by Kahlil Gibran And a woman spoke, saying Tell us of Pain. And he said: Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must...
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This was a tough one to pull out, my water painting. There are forces in the world that I really struggle with. Nonetheless I feel the need to face these, in my art and in life. Conflict, silence, grief.... eventually we must find a center and love the world and be willing to see it without turning away.
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The Female Center
I sometimes hear voices.  I kept pretty quiet about that my entire life, because, well, I was afraid of being judged by minds that do not understand such things.  T his has been a month of letting go of fears... so that one's gone too. In the early morning ...
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I've been painting big lately.  Something I haven't done for a long time, because 1. I thought I didn't have the space 2. I thought I had to worry about selling art and big paintings are a hard sell 3. They can appear grandiose. But I did it anyway, because...
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i am usha
The Dark. A natural and essential part of our existence.  Not evil.  Not inferior.  Deep.  Forceful. Darkness is intense,  and so widely misunderstood.  Who has not used the word "darkness" to describe something ominous and threatening; when in truth it is ...
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Night Vision
In the earliest hours of morning our thoughts connect   two worlds.  Dreams open doors into a fluid world. In daylight the thick shell of the world hides from  us from the truth we seek.  We forget the stars are still there.  This is my story of remembering...
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