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August 16, 2021
This past year and a half has been a turning point in many people’s lives. The pandemic has greatly limited our contact with other people, personally and professionally. This lack of connection has helped many of us to reflect inward, both figuratively and literally. The social and cultural activities that previously enriched our lives; dinner with friends, going to the theatre, visiting a museum were suddenly halted and we turned inwards. Our homes became our sanctuary from where we observed the constant stream of news about more cases around the world. Our homes also became our only source for culture and outlet for creativity.
During the pandemic many of us acquired new art. Spending so much time at home led us to focus on nesting and making our homes more comfortable and beautiful; from renovations to decorations. The art we choose to display on our walls is a form of creative expression. Like the clothes that you wear, wall art is a representation of who you are and what you love, even if it’s only for you to see. On a more scientific level, viewing art activates the pleasure centres of your brain. In a study by Semir Zeki, it was found that when viewing a series of paintings, blood flow increased to the brain by up to 10% when viewing art they considered to be beautiful which is claimed to be equivalent to gazing at a loved one. While there is no replacement for human connection, having beautiful art in your home can be uplifting and good for your brain, particularly when you are missing the people you love.
In addition to buying art, some people discovered their inner artist, whether for the first time or reimagined. Some examples we love are Aaron Durall’s book, I Stayed Home and Hugh Whitaker’s Weighted Waves collection, available exclusively on akasha art editions. The change of pace and environment has made it possible for some to have the time & space to create as well as allowed us to see things in a new light, renewing our sense of wonder and curiosity. This surge of new works by artists has healing benefits for both the viewer and the creator.
Engaging in creative expression works to quell negative feelings and allows you to get lost in what you are creating. This is also known as a flow state; a state of mind where one is completely immersed in and present with what they are doing. Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi explains it as, "The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost." Making art has also been found to reduce stress and lead to better emotional regulation.
During the past year and a half, being surrounded by beauty and making art has been more important than ever for our collective well-being. Art has incredible healing powers for our mind and body, and it’s no wonder so many people have found solace in art during the pandemic. In fact, akasha art editions was imagined as a result of the pandemic. With worldwide changes at play and the outlook of gallery exhibitions & opening receptions in question, we decided it was time to create something new. We bring culture to you with artwork that makes a statement. View our full curated collection of high-quality, limited-edition fine art prints here and invite the healing power of art into your space.
Written by Kayla Stanistreet
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