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Deborah Guzzi travels for inspiration: China, Nepal [during the civil war], Japan, Egypt [two weeks before ‘The Arab Spring’], and most recently Peru. First published at the age of sixteen, she writes articles for Massage and Aroma Therapy Magazines. Her poetry has been accepted in the Literary Journals of Western CT. University, Inclement Magazine, Pyrokinections, Jellyfish Whispers, Grey Wolf’s Summer Legends Anthology, The Germ, Wilderness Literary Review, The Anthology Sweet Dreams & Night Terrors, Bitterzoet Magazine, haiku journal, Contemporary Haibun Online, Bella on line, The Autumn Sound, Eskimo Pie, and Ribbons, The Inwood Indiana Review, Five Poetry, Tanka Society of America Journal, and 50 haiku. She has published two illustrated volumes of poetry, The Healing Heart and Heaven and Hell in a Nutshell.

Art and the Artist

Blog Posted:1/3/2013 7:31:00 AM
What art is and isn' a continual source of debate throughout time. What is civilized and what isn't based in part by the art, music, literature, theater, sculpture and architecture of a people. Pizarro's mission in Peru was to explore not to destroy a civilization as Cortez did in Mexico but, Pizarro simply redefined the meaning of civilized. Judging this high culture of astronomers, architects, botanist, goldsmiths, sculptures; this land where the golden rule was a part of daily life, where neighbors cared for each other, where none who worked went hungry or without shelter...uncivilized heathens; he slaughtered them. Pizarro though given a room floor to ceiling of gold for the ransom of the Inca [King] Atahuala, decided it was not enough, and brought the full fury of the Spanish Inquisition to Peru.

Though the preponderance of Inca sculpture was gold and silver and thus melted down despite its beauty, by the Spanish, works of clay and stone remain.

Due to the destruction of the Spaniards and to the humidity of the environment as well as the lack of the use of adornment on their buildings very very little two dimensional art is left for us to see in Peru from the time of the Inca or before. But personal objects mean for daily use do remain to show us their artist abilities, such as pipes, cups, bowls and small figurines.

While in the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Inca we visited a Contemporary Peruvian sculpture and potter, Pablo Seminario .


 The Field Museum in Chicago is now displaying his work.

True strength is seen grasp, in sinew, of mind and heart for what is art if not the combination of product with progeny?

What do you think art is? Who is an artist? What have you seen labeled as art which you would argue is NOT art till the cows come home?

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  1. Date: 1/7/2013 10:44:00 AM
    art elevates the spirit and inspires reaction that is my personal definition. (I will not waste space and time quoting the 'experts' here...) if something does not meet that criteria for me, I consider it a craft. ornamental furniture, for example may or may not be 'sublime'. i know a lot of people do not agree with this--but art loses its inspiration when the mundane is elevated.

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  1. Date: 1/5/2013 3:37:00 AM
    As you aptly put it Debbie 'if I say what lives in memory is art' is in effect the retained 'snapshot' of the ' experience ' that Rothko means ,hence the 'art' can be created each time we view the 'object'thus each time can be different as we may have changed.I guess thats why we buy paintings,prints, sculpture and dare I say poetry books ! or put a poem here into our favourites!.Great blog as usual.Rgds Brian

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  1. Date: 1/5/2013 1:23:00 AM
    You are getting closer Cezanne had it re Impressionism ..'the colour on the on the canvas, is remade by the eye of the beholder' .That is the point that the 'art' occurs between the two, creator and viewer.Have a good weekend

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  1. Date: 1/4/2013 9:20:00 AM
    Sorry I can't agree Debbie, whether from way back or of last week it is the two way process between creator and viewer ... 'the experience' now... which is the 'art' not the object itself.It is the same with poetry. Whether it is 'good' or otherwise is purely subjective to each.As we each are God's work of art(poiema - Ephesians 2:10) we have been created to interact and react to another's creative act.Rgds Brian

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    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 1/4/2013 11:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    well Brian you know you have some age on me ;) and maybe you understand more than I do..but I do not understand how a non-material 'feelin?/experience' can be art..maybe I will come to understand though only time will tell..hmmm..though if I say what lives in memory is art..that's pretty similiar to what you are saying?
  1. Date: 1/3/2013 2:50:00 PM
    We can say what we like and what we don't like but for me that does not mean it is art or it isn't Andie. I would say Art in any of its forms is what is remembered by generations of viewers, that which has impressed the mind and the heart and the eye, that is art no matter if we as individuals like it or not ;) [It must stand the test of time]

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  1. Date: 1/3/2013 2:47:00 PM
    Ah yes Brian but we have so many forms which like painting are now concidered art forms

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  1. Date: 1/3/2013 12:45:00 PM
    art is too subjective to ever give a clear answer, Debs. What is art for me is not for others and vice versa. For example, I do not generally like Picasso and other painters who do that kind of surreal or modern artwork. maybe it reflects in the poetry I like as well. I prefer the classics, the romantics and realistic works in history. I do enjoy some modern things, but only the ones that "make sense"

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  1. Date: 1/3/2013 12:43:00 PM
    Art is the illusive touch of one human spirit by another.

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  1. Date: 1/3/2013 10:56:00 AM
    Debbie, for me it is all experiential so I'll go along with these masters' ..Matisse ''without passion there is no art'' and Pollock ''I want to paint my feelings rather than illustrate them'' and Demuth ''Paintings must be looked at and writing or talking will explain them'' and my 'beloved Adelaide Crapsey' ''artists give us not conclusions but evidence'' and Rothko ''a painting is not about an is an experience.

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  1. Date: 1/3/2013 9:16:00 AM
    Me interesting LOL ok ..ok sis he was gorgeous, I could have ate him with a spoon! BUT his wife was there in the studio too never far from his side...

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  1. Date: 1/3/2013 8:55:00 AM
    beautiful pieces of sculpture Debbie Seren

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  1. Date: 1/3/2013 8:54:00 AM
    "While in the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Inca we visited a Contemporary Peruvian sculpture and potter, Seminaro." AND? AND? ARGH. I'm gonna prod your creative writing style, Sis... Did you like it? Did it move you? What did you think of him? Was he quiet and mysterious or gregarious and charming or both???? Did you want to buy something, but couldn't? Were you just eager to return to the scenery? Fill me in, when you can, lol, you're killin' me here, doll! xox Dee

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/3/2013 8:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

  1. Date: 1/3/2013 7:58:00 AM
    Great inspiration to grab the pen and paper. Pondering.........////Hope your feeling better////May you be emersed in Light!!

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