We sometimes encounter strangers who interest us immediately before a word has been spoken. With ever more novel ways of socializing, we still feel alone. Art remains the most sensitive medium for dialogue. Art gives us a shared experience that creates a chain reaction of strangers colliding with each other, influencing each others’ lives with their stories, quirks and dreams. If two people believe in the same stories, even when they live on opposite ends of the globe, they still sense they can trust one another. A stranger’s shared oddity will make you more confident in your ideas, their dreams will inspire you to keep yours alive.
Sometimes art is about inspiring us to pursue the summit of what we can achieve, but often times it’s about preserving who we are in this moment; to create a link to our past in a future moment. Art is a reliable source of self-revision, the imprint of a hundred places, a thousand faces and countless moods. It’s the vanishing dew, crimson cheeks and ecstatic pursuits that are the trademarks of a common yet extraordinary life. Art is the essence of time, our personal bookmark for being here.
It takes a clear understanding of reality to make compelling fantasy. The most charming and ingenious images come from tweaked realities: some physics, new creatures mimicking human qualities, a library of real-life stories shot with fantasy. Mashups are the best part of the mind. Art is a great way for us to re-imagine and decipher the world. Have arresting, otherworldly artworks handy — they’ll make us take playfulness back down from the shelves and help us stay passionately curious.
Art by Miguel Devia is delicate, brooding and sophisticated. He captures immeasurable, deeply nuanced dispositions: a reflection, a joy, a dream — quiet moments that make up the grains of life. The mood is defined on the lips and in the eyes. His art builds a channel between people, merging hearts and minds, they make us feel what others feel. At the same time, they speak to our own innermost thoughts, feelings and desires. Art helps us share vividly, our experiences to the world and the world to ourselves.
Art by Anna Valdez is bookish and super sweet! The spontaneous assortment of items are endearing, like the home of a longtime friend. The poetry books, 80′s albums, potted plants, tapestries are from her Oakland studio:
“They exist as a part of my domestic environment, and I have put them in my paintings to understand the domestic sphere as emblematic of both personal and collective experience.”
The craving for tranquility is a distinctive quality of our generation. Anna’s art neutralizes the noise in big cities and reminds us to enjoy some alone time with poetry and music. These works prove that in order to empathize with others we have to reveal the intimate, peculiar and vulnerable parts of ourselves.