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Making Sense

Beauty, Creativity, and Healing

Edited By Bandy Lee, Nancy Olson and Thomas Duffy

Regardless of field, from the art world to healthcare delivery, there is a growing need for practically useful theory and theoretically informed practice. The time is ripe for a collaborative, creative conversation among thinkers and doers who are concerned about the larger world and our role in it. Making Sense: Beauty, Creativity, and Healing is a collection of essays and creative expressions written and produced in relation to a colloquium that tried to address these matters at the Whitney Humanities Center of Yale University. Beginning with a powerful essay on the individually and globally therapeutic qualities of art and beauty by Elaine Scarry of Harvard University, this volume brings together a diversity of theoretically minded scholars, scientists, artists, and healers. In the form of critical and reflective essays, alongside images, poetry, and fiction, this book allows the reader to experience the bursts of ideas and sensory triggers that respond to and extend the artistic installations and performances of the colloquium – and welcomes the reader into the conversation.
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The Beauty of Hangeul Calligraphy


by Yoo Sung (Aram) Lee and Xéna Lee

When every possible color we can find in this world is mixed, it will turn out to be black. The white rice paper used in calligraphy represents liberty and purity. The brush that is 0.4 inch (~1 cm) in diameter contains about 150,000 lamb hairs. The brush has a thousand different possibilities of expression, depending on how you use it with black ink, which represents mystical power in itself. Using brush and ink, an artist can express his/her thoughts on white rice paper, which can hold unlimited numbers of different thoughts and ideas.

These three—brush, ink, and rice paper—are the most basic materials in calligraphy, and the three most basic dimensions.

Down through history, one after another calligraphic artworks of poems and prose have been written down on rice paper, and over the years, have become our classics. The truth about nature and our lives, as perceived by the artists, are compactly embedded in those classic calligraphy poems and prose, and we can even trace history in them. When we delve further into the history of calligraphy, we uncover the wisdom and distinguished thoughts of those leaders who directed and controlled the world through the ages, as well as their sense of aesthetics.

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