Cultural Sensations And The Deepest Horrors Essays

902 Words Sep 20th, 2016 4 Pages
Inspiration can originate from within the most basic sensations or the deepest horrors. Makoto Fujimura, a world renowned painter, studied the traditional Japanese Nihonga technique in Tokyo. A creator of semiabstract art, he also integrates his Christian faith into his words and works. His book Refractions contains a series of his personal essays and speeches. They address a variety of topics, including Christianity’s relation to art, creative processes, and the impact of September 11, 2001 within the art world, as well as the broader culture. As Makoto Fujimura lived in close proximity to the World Trade Center on that day of tragedy, a majority of the book deals with the aftermath of the collapse of the towers. He had to evacuate both his studio and apartment along with his family for some time afterwards. When he returned home, he created a temporary collaborative project where local artists could exhibit, dialogue, and heal after the recent events. Though he did not lose any friends or family, the attack impacted Fujimura deeply, and one must read well into the book to find an essay that does not deal with 9/11 in some way. I remember, though dimly, sneaking glances at the TV on that day, and I rewatched footage of the attacks some years later with my dad. It definitely had an impact on how I viewed the world as a young child, and it was intriguing to read the recollections of both a parent and a New York City resident, bringing perspective of how those who…

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