MayBe Art is LOSS

Nature’s cycles have to do with how the earth renews itself.  Each time we go through increments of change and loss, we are giving up something and re-balancing our lives.  This renewal process can be gradual and gentle, or it can be tumultuous, violent and destructive.  In either case, or at any point on that spectrum, we both contain and are part of the ecosystems that inherently have the resources to regenerate themselves.  We are in a state of constant change, whatever the change may look like, and this perpetual motion is living in a system of survival and evolution.  G.W. Leibniz says that “There is nothing more unsettling than something constantly changing.” The human development of ritual and art, and art as ritual, are ways in which we deal with loss and renewal.

F. David Peat explores a liaison or bridge between two worlds which happens during these changes. “On the one hand we have the inner world of our direct experiences, of dreams and aspirations, memories and visions; the world of love and loss, of poetry, art, music and of spirituality. And, on the other, the world of matter and energy, the domain of physics and chemistry, the world of black holes, galaxies, elementary particles and quantum fields. And so, in speaking of Synchronicity, one asks if a bridge is possible between these worlds, between mind and body, between matter and spirit.

Ellen Jantzen

Trailing Autumn
Digital Photograph

“How does one experience loss? What does loss look like?
I have always been interested in alternate states of reality, the meaning of dreams, what becomes of our spirits after death (and before birth). We all deal with “loss” in some form, loss of friends, home, youth, and the ultimate loss, loss of life. Death transforms us; reality shifts, but to what?”

David Ryan
oil on canvas
22 x 28

David Ryan paints atmospheric effects of light and its interaction with the landscape. He works with luminosity and the subsequent narrative which unfolds.