My piece above has recently found a new home in the beautiful Talbott Hotel here in Chicago! Since its placement, I have been asked to share a little bit about the inspiration behind the creation to help viewers have a better understanding of it.
Below are a few of my thoughts on "Touched With Fire":
“This piece was born out of my work as a psychotherapy/art therapist working with other creatives. I work a great deal with other artists, musicians, entertainers, writers etc…and we often find ourselves passionately discussing the complexity of the artistic spirit and the creative journey.
We use art to explore at great depths, the “dark darks” and “light lights” of our lives and our minds… and how this quest for meaning in each moment, makes us human. We discuss how anything from actual art making to just gazing into a piece, demonstrates art’s ability to show us something in ourself on a soul level. That art in and of itself is inherently powerful, inspirational and transformative…a viable resource and way to flourish and heal. A gift.
This piece honors the creative journey, and the resilience and the magic of the human spirit. It speaks to the beautifully complex inner flame in each of us, that we spend lifetimes attempting to understand. Touched by Fire, with both its brightness and dark corners, points to show us that our soul navigation, full of contrast and mystery is ultimately what connects us to one another, and to something so much bigger than ourselves.”
--Sarah Raskey MA LCPC ATR