What is the awakened eye?
Many artists and artisans have found that the practice of drawing,
and/or engagement in creative encounters in the visual arts
can open the mind to another way of seeing,
a way that transcends habitual dualistic assumptions.
They may use different words to describe this transcendence,
but all infer a relationship with something inconceivably larger
than their everyday experience, something referred to here as
‘the intimate unknowable.’
This site is a Temenos of sorts – a sanctuary where
the often overlooked relationship between art and the sacred
can be openly explored and celebrated.
Image: Joseph Mallord William Turner, Waves Breaking on a Lee Shore at Margate, 1840, Tate Gallery.
Turner, and Turner only, would follow and render on the canvas that mystery of decided lines,
that distinct, sharp, visible, but unintelligible and inextricable richness
which, examined part by part, is to the eye nothing but confusion and defeat,
which, taken as a whole, is all unity, symmetry, and truth.
– John Ruskin