Two extraordinarily fine papers are featured in this edition of our quarterly newsletter. They originate in our collaboration with the Art and Psyche Conferences where they were first presented. These papers have prompted me to reflect again on the meaning of our newsletter's title, ARAS Connections. “Connections” can have many different meanings—ranging from those practical “connections” that help us along the way in our lives to those far less tangible “connections” that link us to different levels of reality in ourselves, in other people, in nature, and in the cosmos. The two papers in this ARAS Connections are definitely far along the spectrum in the second category of “connections”. Both papers point to ways in which the creative act allows us to make connections between the tangible and intangible, between the known and unknown, between matter and spirit. Here is how Stefano Carta writes about the creative process of making connections between what he calls “subjective” and “objective” biography: "Little by little, as the creative autonomous contents are integrated, the creative person remembers what he is, and may feel with precision and amazement that something totally independent from his consciousness is literally creating what he is.” And, here is how Diane Fremont introduces us to the “spiracle” in the work of Cy Twombly as a channel for making connections between different realms of reality: "Dorn conceived of the spiracle as a window to eternity, a mysterious center pre-existent in us, linking us to the cosmos, while opening up and bridging the different levels of body, soul and spirit. Through the spiracle one may journey across the threshold in between the above and below, and bring traces of one world into the other and back again – a kind of conception and cross-fertilization between inconsonant realms.” We are thrilled that ARAS Connections participates in the creative activity that makes these kinds of connections possible. These unique papers encourage us to make connections in our own experience of body, psyche and spirit through images and symbols. And, finally, the Poetry Portal once again makes unexpected and illuminating connections between word and image.
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