What Do You See?

Photographer: Frank Starmer. © 2019. Used with permission.

I (Rachel) love art, literature, and music for the ways that they invite participation and reflection. The impact is not created by the artist alone but by what the audience (viewer, reader, listener) brings to the party, how a person talks responds to and talks about the piece, what a person chooses to take away from it, what a person sees or doesn’t see. With art there is no right or wrong, no judgement—just noticings, and I find that talking about what you notice is a wonderful way to learn about and explore yourself—on your own or with friends.

Paths to Ponder

  1. What do I see first?
  2. What do I return to again and again?
  3. How does my body feel when I consider what I am looking at? Where in my body do I feel it?
  4. Does anything change in me over time? For example, do I settle the longer I look or do I get more uncomfortable?
  5. Does the piece remind me of anything? If so, what?
  6. Do you see or hear a story?
  7. Do you notice any patterns, either in the piece or in your responses to or noticings in the work?

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