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Together in a Mudbath

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

Artist's Statement:

The inspiration for this painting is my daughter's work in Panama. She went there alone to take a job at the Smithsonian for one year. To deal with her loneliness from friends and family back in the US, she went to a small spa which had a mud bath. There, in the mud bath, although all the people were strangers to each other, they began to relate, talk, laugh, and joke with one another. These people, of very different shapes, sizes, ethnic backgrounds, and beliefs, came together in the mud bath and became friends. My daughter's year, which began as lonely, was transformed through a connection in mud! I wanted to capture in my painting this moment of individuals coming together.

Oil on Canvas

36 x 36 in

Surely, of all the wonders of the world, the horizon is the greatest. Freya Stark Anglo-Italian explorer and travel writer Dame of the British Empire died in 1993 at the age of 101

I am a weak, ephemeral creature made of mud and dream. But I feel all the powers of the universe whirling within me. Nikos Kazantzakis The Saviors of God (1923) I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, "I love you." . . . There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt. Maya Angelou American poet, storyteller, activist Unity, not uniformity must be our aim. We attain unity only through variety. Differences must be integrated, not annihilated, not absorbed. Mary Parker Follet pioneer in the fields of organizational theory and organizational behavior 1868-1933

Art as an Oasis™

Art as an Oasis is a series of occasional postings from the art of Carrie Kleinberger

providing a temporary respite from both mundane and monumental cares

complimented by words of wisdom from a diversity of others.

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