The Power of Art: An Invitation

Art, in its many forms, is one of the simple pleasures in my life.

Art often inspires me; it provokes my thought and emotion.  Whether I am creating art, or experiencing art created by someone else, I find that the power of art lies in its ability to stimulate the senses and ignite the imagination.  And while the appreciation of art is subjective (we know what we like and what we really don’t like), I believe that art, when shared, acts as an invitation to all of us, as observers, to make a connection with an artist.

Recently I watched a video of a performance that exemplifies the word “art” in every sense.  Captivating and compelling, Miyoko Shida assumes the role of artist while, at the same time, becomes an element of her art.  Her unique “balancing act” metaphorically describes the balance and relationship between her performance art and her visual artwork.  In fact, at one point, Miyoko appears to be part of the “sculpture” she creates.  What I find fascinating is that Miyoko maintains a concentration that not only allows her to move with exacting precision, but also draws her audience into the creative process.  The result is nothing short of mindful meditation.

I invite you to view Miyoko’s performance, and experience a wholly engaging and inspirational artist and art form.  Enjoy!

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