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20 February 2009


Alan Parker: still life with attitude - preview
What is it that we do in Meeting for Worship? We usually say that there are as many answers to this familiar question as there are Quakers
  • Yet most of the answers surely involve some reference to stilling the mind, turning our attention inward, the better to meet the divine reality
  • It is a process that requires discipline and practice, and at which most of us, even after years of trying, would probably admit that we are still amateurs
  • Can art help us get any better at it?

    Art in the western tradition is traditionally divided into three major categories: landscape, portraiture and still life
  • The appeal of the first two is pretty self-evident: they help us see new marvels in the wider world and in our fellow human beings
  • But what about still life? How does staring at an apple, however succulently painted, or at the gleam of a glass jug, deepen our knowledge or understanding?

    Rowena Loverance

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