The Art of Life by Sabin Howard and Traci L. Slatton, is not only a historical survey of sculpture and figure as an art form, but also serves as a personal memoir of the husband and wife. Various sculptures are discussed along with the impact these pieces had on both Howard and Slatton respectively.
As one reads The Art of Life, it is expressly seen how “beauty is the doorway to higher consciousness.” How art affects our interpretations and emotions along with the significant moments in life and how they stand out from the ordinary mundane experience is expressed. “They catapult us into another, deeper realm of awareness, a realm of possibility and creativity”. Slatton further conveys her own personal experiences with sculpture as she discusses her overwhelming emotional reaction to first seeing the Winged Victory as she states “I became someone for whom a magical form had unveiled a hidden realm”.
The Art of Life is not a very long book, 125 pages, but there is a richness of personal awareness, artful interpretation of the conscious and subconscious, the past and present, and an interweaving of the realm of time on a cosmic level as well as individual level. Howard and Slatton do a great job in projecting the historical concepts of this art form in addition to allowing the reader into their heart and mind by discussing the impact that art has had on their life. For anyone who appreciates art, this is a great, short little book to enlighten the mind on the human figure, its disposition and how art truly reflects life.
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