A Generous Spirit
Exploring New Directions for the Arts
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This beautifully illustrated book maps how several contemporary artists have stepped outside the boundaries of the studio, untethered by the emphasis on money, to re-awaken their original function as the intermediary between sacred realms and the emerging everyday world. Inspired by their innovative work, Sarah changed her own direction to bring creative projects into therapeutic environments. Artists can play a visionary role in renewal, offering fresh images to light up our imagination and alternatives to how to live on our planet.
Sarah discusses many ways to bring artistic values, beauty, imagination and creative skills into the world. Finding links between art and the natural, wild and sacred realms, Sarah elucidates how art can be a path to transformation which can awaken our generous spirit.
The book includes a preface by Canadian artist Keri Smith, author of Wreck This Journal.
Foreword by Keri Smith
Re-Envisioning the Arts: Old Roles and New Directions
Stepping Off the Path
Expanding Definition of Artist
A New Kind of Artist
New Art Activism
Art Gift Market
Artists and Change
About the Author
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Sarah Zoutewelle-Morris (1949-2019) was born in Dublin, Ireland and moved with her family moved to the U.S. when she was a child. She received a degree in fine arts/illustration at Syracuse University New York, and a BFA Graphic design/ Calligraphy at Carnegie-Mellon University PA. She taught calligraphy, art and design at CMU and the Ivy School of Professional Art & Crafts, lectured, exhibited, and did commissions. In 1977 she moved to Scotland, to the Findhorn Foundation, where in addition to design work she also ran the art gallery and gave art workshops. In 1984 she moved with her Dutch husband to the Netherlands, where she continued teaching, working in graphic design and calligraphy, exhibiting her art work, writing articles for various magazines, and illustrating books. In the mid-nineties, she made a leap to the social side of art and joined HBG, an organization of artists that developed and executed celebratory art and creativity projects in hospitals. She also worked as a creative consultant in a home for people with dementia for several years, which resulted in her first book, 100 Ideas for a Creative Approach to Activities in Dementia Care. Both her second book, A Generous Spirit: Exploring New Directions for the Arts, and her third, Pigments of Imagination, were published posthumously in 2020.
Keri Smith is a Canadian conceptual artist and author of several bestselling books and apps about creativity including Wreck This Journal (Penguin), This is Not a Book (Penguin), How to be an Explorer of the World -the Portable Life/Art Museum,(Penguin), Mess: A Manual of Accidents and Mistakes (Penguin), The Guerrilla Art Kit (Princeton Architectural Press), Finish This Book (Penguin), and The Pocket Scavenger (Penguin).
Keri conducts workshops based on her books and recently taught a class in conceptual illustration at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, in Vancouver Canada. The main focus of her work/research is on creating what the writer Umberto Eco called "Open works", pieces that are completed by the reader/user. In 2012 she created a public art installation for the exhibition Urban Play, in Copenhagen Denmark entitled The Society for Exploratory Research. In 2013 Keri was invited to be a "Resident Thinker" for the art piece "Nowhere Island" by artist Alex Hartley for the Cultural Olympiad, along with Yoko Ono and several other interesting thinkers. Keri is a consultant for the Center for Artistic Activism. Her Pocket Scavenger App won Best Nonfiction Adult app at the 2014 Digital Book Awards.