Conversations around the Pupil of the Eye Art Show II

Aug 31, 2020 | Art, Community, Pupil of the Eye, Race Unity, Social Justice, Spirituality

This video is part of the Pupil of the Eye Art Series which includes online dialogues spaces, artist videos, and an online gallery space. Keep coming back to the web site as we release more of the artist’s video statements about their work.

Artist Panel Discussion

Thou art dark in countenance and bright in character. Thou art like unto the pupil of the eye which is dark in color, yet it is the fount of light and the revealer of the contingent world.

Selections From the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Bahá’u’lláh once compared the colored people to the black pupil of the eye surrounded by the white. In this black pupil is seen the reflection of that which is before it, and through it the light of the spirit shineth forth.

—‘Abdu’l-Bahá quoted in The Advent of Divine Justice

Another exhilarating evening with a panel of three artists who offered their insights and inspiration around the theme of the Pupil of the Eye art show. Hear how they view the importance of the arts in their lives and as an avenue into deeper social change and racial harmony.

The Panelists

Arya Badiyan
“I am a creator employing a portfolio of modalities, often several at once, including painting, creative writing, poetry and enterprise. My work explores the awakening of the sacred feminine. I intend that every creation serve as a bridge awakening consciousness to the reality of the spiritual and unseen realms.”

Danielle Lessard
“I grew up surrounded by my father’s art. I have therefore always loved all forms of art. Mainly I paint, previously in oils, and now, for this piece, in acrylics. I grew up in NH, have lived in Boston, Sevilla, Spain, San Francisco, and now Eliot. I stay home with my kids most days and work occasionally as a nurse at Exeter Hospital.”

Anne Perry
Anne Perry has been committed to various forms of art for more than 40 years, among them writing, acting, visual art, film, and dance. In the last several years she has enjoyed fused glass as a medium. She teaches art and film appreciation, writing, humanities, and acting at the Art Institute of Dallas.

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