Monthly Archives: October 2012

“Ugly” Pots

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When I was in graduate school we were asked to make the most ugly pots we could imagine.  I know this is a common assignment, designed to coerce students to reexamine what we value in our work. I worked counter to all my conventions; I made pots using only my left hand, slathering them in… Read more »

Beauty – Is it only in the EYE of the beholder?

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As a person who responds primarily to the visual, I see beauty everywhere. That’s easy. It’s the sunlight coming through the spores on a patch of moss. A painting by Diebenkorn, a photograph by Ansel Adams. A decaying piece of birch bark on the forest floor (I was going to talk about the beauty of… Read more »

Taking Stock

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Violets, trout lilies and spring beauties poke through the duff, trillium follow and pink lady slippers.   Now after warm rain the red efts emerge, with their soft bodies and tiny feet, navigating the open woodlands with delicate deliberation –   like young women studying their first garden party as they hesitate near the roses…. Read more »

Colorful Decay

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I can find beauty in just about anything.  This picture is of rust on an old door on the building across the street from the jail where I work and I find it beautiful. Beauty is more of a felt thing than a thought thing for me: there can be an element of surprise, a… Read more »

Help is Beautiful

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I think that helping people is beautiful. I know that sounds super cheesy and dumb, but it’s true. In my opinion, giving something selflessly to someone else is one of he most beautiful things a person can do. – Maggie Wood ’13  

Skeptics of Beauty

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More questions and musings from resident Philosophy Professor, William Edelglass: Some recent thinkers and artists have argued that beauty is not the support for ethics and justice that earlier thinkers had imagined.  Instead, they have argued, the valorization of beauty is an expression of privilege: only people who have all their basic needs met could… Read more »

I don’t believe in beauty.

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Or at least I try not to. What I mean is that beauty is so wrapped up in aesthetics, which are so subjective and yet socially inscribed, that I don’t believe anything is purely, ultimately, innately beautiful. I fear that we limit ourselves in our thoughts of what could possibly be beautiful – day to… Read more »

Beauty in Cultural Context

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Between individual feelings of pleasure in the beautiful and objective properties of the beautiful object, there is also the question of the cultural contexts in which we cultivate our tastes.  The first time I saw Tibetan opera it was culturally interesting but not particularly beautiful.  But after several years of living with Tibetans in northern… Read more »