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Intro Bandhu Dunham’s view on art and spirituality are more different than they are alike. Art isn’t just a picture on a wall nor a decorated or sculpted object. It is much more than that. Hot art is created is more complicated than it seems. Spontaneity, aesthetic sensitivity, focus, elegance and skill are all aspirations that produces good art. As said by Dunham, “there is no word for ‘art’ because it is intrinsically incorporated in all aspects of life” (xii). Pretty much anyone and anything can be art. It is more in our minds to see or hear it and validate it as an artistic way or not. As for spirituality in this case is not depicted in terms of religious dogma but as creative inspiration which correlates to how art is meant to be shared. In the past, any kind of artist have used their creative work for self-knowledge, exploring motivations, moods and meanings that affect human beings. Spirituality is addressed from an aesthetic perspective and art is from a spiritual one. As both combined together practice creative life, great clarity and profound insight for artists themselves. At first I thought this would be another book mainly for artists such as painters, musicians, sculptors, etc. However I was wrong and Dunham's views and thoughts can also be considered for non-artists as well. Art and spirituality can be applied in all aspects of life whether it be just wishful thinking or procrastination, anything. Chp 1 I definitely agree with Dunham in that “creative life” is not just for artists but also for ordinary people like us. When I think about art, I too think about expression. Art is a form of expression and artists express their emotions, feelings, and even problems through their art. Like in the Lascaux cave paintings, we can see how different that time was compared to modern day now. It was a completely different and difficult time without any type of advanced technology. Also the main ideas focused during those times of the Lascaux was mainly man and animals. The painting portrays a scenic visual of animals that look majestic and powerful in a way that can be interpreted in various ways such as a way for man to solve the problem of their relationship between them and game animals. As a non-artist myself, I think everything we do is depicted as an expression of a problem. We are constantly trying to solve our own problems whether it be our own individual personal problem or a societal, global problem such as the LGBTQ community, sexuality, depression, our economy, race, etc. Artists take these problems and put them into art for others to see or hear and solve. “The strongest communication of art is from soul to soul and this happens only when the artist is able to draw forth her own deepest embrace of life” (4). Expression inspires solutions.
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  • Winter '16
  • Power, Thought, Dunham, Humi, Bandhu Dunham

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