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Spread #135 – Underground Art June 23, 2011

Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.

Art-journaling explores alternative forms of artistic expression. It exposes raw emotion and passion for what lies beneath the surface in direct connectivity to humanity rather than artists community. Disclaiming pretense to impressiveness it aims to express the hidden corners, subterranean worlds, unseen before layers of its creator.  On the fringes of traditional art it does not concern itself with artistry. It has relations with the ephemeral and the constant. Art journaling avails all materials, tools, and found objects for the interplay between concealing and revealing of visual, textual, and coded information, exposing solitary and social processes of change. Being vague and muddy, then clear and done, an art-journaler shimmies back and forth on the pages of a journal, not to be more known, but to know more, to feel more, to be lively and well.


1. cathyb - June 23, 2011

Wow – I am an avid journaller and I can relate well to many of the things you are saying above. Certainly we “shimmy” between “vague and muddy” and “clear and done” – it is a form of artistic expression that for me is not like any other.

2. apaperbear - June 23, 2011

Orly you are ON FIRE!!!! This spread is sooooo HOT!!! Your spread expresses what I love about art journaling….Excitement!!!! It makes me want to do a spread NOW….RIGHT now!!!! Get me my journal… who needs work…? who needs food…? All we need is our journals.

3. Denise Paccione - June 24, 2011

Another juicy post, Orly. You are on fire! What stopped me was your last sentence, “not to be more known, but to know more, to feel more, to be lively and well”. YES! The only journey is the journey to discover and live ones true nature. Thank you for sharing.

4. john hammons - June 24, 2011

Beautiful art, Orly! Beautiful post, beautiful words.

5. stephanie - June 24, 2011

I feel like I am sitting in the classroom with you as you start our art journaling workshop!

It is a continual journey and one that I find as necessary as breathing.

thanks for your inspiration!
I am on the road now and have my trusty travel journal and stuff spread out on the hotel bed 😉

6. pearlandroses - June 24, 2011

So true and so well said. Your beautiful art unfolds the wisdom of your words.

7. Donna Watson - June 24, 2011

I am not one to work in journal form or book form- though when I read posts like yours I always start to think about beginning a journal– I see the joy and creativity you and others put into your journals– and then I get back into my studio and work on my paintings– we all find our own niche I think.

8. Seth Apter - June 24, 2011

A wonderful description of the essence of art journaling. And your amazing journal pages reflect that!

9. Stephanie - July 4, 2011

I think that for precisely the points you make about journaling, the immediacy, the freshness, the journey to that desert island…makes it a real art form.

love this page of golden wings and blue skies.


10. Numanhoid - July 13, 2011

if you are into underground art, you’ll probably be interested in this: http://www.numanhoid.com

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