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aesthetics/philo ?s

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wendy sauls (wsauls)
Wed, 07 Oct 1998 17:37:59

christine wrote - snip -

>Art is life. There is no word for Art in the Navajo language, it is
>everything you do, say, and even think.

>Wish it was easy to achieve!

has anyone seen the book dharma art? i found it at barnes and noble, it
encourages the above philosophy, which i think is a positive, beautiful
idea. i don't think the above describes our "mainstream" contemporary
behavior at all, though, tragically. i have asked my students to put their
hearts into doing just one tiny thing artfully each day, doing it with
thought and focus and intent and concentration and care and could
be brushing hair! as long as its not rushed and inconsequential and mind
numbing, like most of our activities all day long.

when i asked my middle schoolers the general question, what is ugly, one of
them quickly wrote his response: "my little sister". :D i loved it! for
us msers, aesthetic discussions work much better (ie are more serious and
intellectual) when they address specific issues, as we are doing on the
list, talking about certain artists, or artworks...using them for reference.

i like dissanayake's idea of art being something special. i feel like
saying art is anything and everything denigrates the concept of art and
beauty, for me. a spitball is not art, although one of my kids tried to
convince me it was paper sculpture to get out of writing his sentences for
sending it across the room.

georgia is one of my goddessess! i don't get the vagina-y vibes (i
understand them, just don't feel that when i gaze at her work, slipping
into the alpha state...) i think about being a little bug or worm sized
person, walking around among the petals, seeing a wall sized surface of the
colors she painted, being surrounded by it. to me, her pastel shaded
blooms almost glow iridescently, like light iris, for example. looking at
her plant images makes me believe i am a part of the good earth, forgetting
for a little while i'm actually what's destroying it. i don't like the
skulls, though, i'm too literal and still feeling guilty for the hamburgers
i used to eat. am crazy about her architectural representations. i want
to make a pilgimage to her new museum, with a stop at the rothko temple
along the is something that has the power to make us think and
feel and connect to this extent.

btw, does anyone know anything about nikki de st. phalle? i am fascinated
by her work, and can't find much about her or repros of her work.

my two penny rolls!


Wendy Sauls
Art Teacher, Kanapaha Middle School, Gainesville, FL
Doctoral Student, Art Education, Florida State University
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