This art blog is inspired by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong’s book “Art as Therapy“. The book introduces a new mindset in looking at art. It argues that we should use art as a form of therapy to improve our personal life experience, find answers to our questions, help us solve our problems. Art can help us to be good persons, and even push us to improve as a society.
With this approach, it does not matter whether you know much about the life of the artist, the philosophy behind the style or the historical background of the motive. You do not need a sign next to the painting, telling you what to think and feel. The important part is what you see in the artwork, what it makes you feel and how it can help you.
Alain de Botton introduces seven functions of art in the therapeutic sense: Continue reading “My blog’s concept: Art as Therapy”
Peder Mönsted is a great example of how art teaches us to appreciate our everyday surroundings. His calm, peaceful forest scenes are bursting with intricate details, dedicating equal attention to every leaf and twig. Continue reading “APPRECIATE – weeds in the forest”
One of the seven functions of art as therapy is to help us remember.
What is it that we might want to be reminded of that can help us in our lives? We might first think of significant, historical happenings that affect our society or even key events of your life that lead you onto new paths. Continue reading “REMEMBER – the Faroese chain dance”
Last week I had a rather stressful day. You know the kind – everything just seems to add on top of one another, forming a huge wave that threatens to drown you. I had come to work early and was determined to leave early as planned, despite the workload, thus skipping breaks. Continue reading “SELF-UNDERSTANDING – with Hokusai”