RE-THINKING ART AS SHELTER
We often hear the adage of art as shelter: a refuge and dwelling place where expression might flourish, removed from some constraints and expectations of daily life. To this, I offer a corollary of art as shelter from the expected, and shelter for the discovering of what we did not set out to make, know, or find. The process of creating a work of art through engagement with its materials, our curiosity, and the gifts of form, is a process that can disrupt our habitual ways of thinking and acting (crafting), and allow us to discover outcomes beyond our more predictable landing places. We might land in new artistic terrain, new personal ground, or other new territory. Possibilities unfold. When the habitual no longer serves us, may we find shelter for discovery through the making of art.
—an earlier version appeared in Ruminate Magazine #53 Winter 2019-20
Poet and recovering engineer LISA ROSENBERG holds degrees in physics and creative writing, and worked for many years in the space program. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, she served as the 2017-2018 Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California. Her debut collection, A Different Physics, received the Red Mountain Poetry Prize. Lisa was recently named a MOSAIC Fellow, and awarded a 2020 Djerassi Residency for scientists and artists.
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