In this conversation we have purposely sidestepped the potential pitfall of trying to define art – what exactly is it? – to instead explore how to think about art in a new way. Here in Portals of Perception we seek to escape the traditional way we might come into a domain, and look for perhaps an alternative dimension to bring into it.
Most of the time with art there are two main schools of thought: one will focus on the art, and the second on the artist. We can transcend this duality of approach, and invite another dimension, with the realization that all forms of art aim to transfer something, but what is being transferred? Art nourishes our deeper inner lives and awareness, so perhaps when the soul and spirit yearn for new connections and impressions, that's when we seek, and when we create, art.
In this conversation Aviv Shahar talks with Aud Wilken and Rita Lampen, two life-long artists, about their love of art, the source of their inspiration, and what is possible through a deeper awareness and appreciation of the true nature of living art.
We are exploring in this idea of art as a conversation a way to invite curiosity, inquiry, and a petition to that other realm so it can infiltrate through the process of art, and enable something else. Some will call it a muse; some will call it a flow; and some will call it presence. The name is secondary. We're talking about something that flows through, and the distinction we are making that is so important is a difference between, perhaps, dead art and live art.