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Refractions by Makoto Fujimura
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May 03, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: art, culture
Read in January, 2010

A quote from Makoto Fujimura:
"Beauty often resides in the peripheries of our lives."

This was a meditative book written by an artist whose studio was just blocks away from the twin towers that were toppled during the 9/11 attack. The trauma of that event could have discouraged any sensitive soul from persevering in the work, but the hideous destruction served in this case to solidify and fan the flames of the higher call to create.

Makoto Fujimura is unabashedly Christian in his view of culture, but has unique cross cultural contacts and perspectives. The chapters are self contained and often touch on art forms outside of his own expertise. I found his meditations to be thought provoking, elegant, and lovely. This is a book to read slowly and to savor. You will have news eyes to see beauty, while not negating the sacrifice that was required to bring it forth.
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04/26/2009 page 69
04/28/2009 page 69
39.2% "Love this idea: "Often, I am simply 'showing up' to be in a regular rhythm of being available to create, & I may not feel creative at all.""

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