Friday, July 5, 2013

Artist Statement

Copyright 2013 Addie Hirschten
Oil on Canvas
20" x 30"
This is the artist statement I just wrote for the "Portraits of Passion" art show opening tonight...

As I was gathering together the pieces for this event I realized that when I created many of the paintings I was trying to prove something to myself.  I was trying to prove that love is real.

Sometimes I have this deep seated fear that we are just selfish 'spiraling coils of self-replicating DNA.'  I fear that everyone is just out for themselves.  But I don't want to believe that.  I look for evidence of open fun-loving giving everywhere I go, when it is in 'giving that we receive and loving that we are loved.'

I want to believe that we need each other, that we support each other.  I want to believe in love.  Where is the line between love and lust?  It can be blurred.  It is hard to distinguish between the two sometimes.  Yet that can be the spot at which love can be the most exciting, when you can't separate your mind from your body and your lover from yourself.

It is my hope that if you are also in that spot where you are finding it hard to believe in that beautiful sacred energy of love that you will find it here.  It is my hope that we will find it reflected in each other.

Join us tonight:
Event: Portraits of Passion
The Sanctuary on Penn 
701 N. Pennsylvania St.  Indianapolis, IN 46204
Friday July 5th 2013 6-11pm

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