Art is more than a creative outlet or something to study in art history. Art is a catalyst for self-improvement, a tool for understanding the human spirit, and a way to find your path. Through reflections, art conversations, and in-depth explorations of artworks, this podcast might just change your life.
Join your host, Cindy Ingram—the founder of Art Class Curator, the Curated Connections Library, and the Art Connection Circle—as she explores the life connections waiting to be discovered in works of art.
We live in a world that overstimulates our senses but often ignores our needs. With an unending feed of bright lights, loud noises, and information both true and false, it feels like the scroll never ends. Despite the fact that our feeds are constantly live and updating, our souls are not being fed. We need creative thinking, true communication, and genuine connection to ourselves and others—that’s where art comes in.
Art and Self is both an art and a self development podcast about using art as a way to find your truth, know yourself, and discover the path you were meant to walk in life. Remember, the most important part of an artwork is you.
Death and Life: Observations of Gustav Klimt’s Artwork with Madalyn (Part 2)
Last week, I had a fascinating conversation with Madalyn Gregory discussing Gustav Klimt’s Death and Life. I left that conversation so excited, only to discover that we weren’t done yet. Even after going off the air, we kept talking about it and realized we missed a lot of important things. So we decided to do a follow-up conversation to share even more of our insights with you!
4:55 - Awareness of a gender issue from last week and what it says about our conditioning
13:40 - Impact of gender and gender limitations as human-made constructs
16:37 - Diverse racial representation (or lack thereof) in art
24:14 - Importance of authenticity of different perspectives shown in artwork
28:23 - How the patterns in Death and Life resemble quilt work
31:57 - Ruminating over what the circles in Death’s robes symbolize
36:23 - The negative space between Death and Life more effective as black to represent the unknown
Transcript at https://artclasscurator.com/61-gustav-klimt/
Death and Life: Observations of Gustav Klimt’s Artwork with Madalyn (Part 1)
Today, I’m excited to try a brand new type of episode where I have art conversations with other people and talk about favorite pieces of art, personal connections to art, and what drew us to the world of art. For my first guest, I’ve brought on one of my best friends for the last 10+ years, organizer for all things at Art Class Curator and brilliant writer Madalyn Gregory. In this episode, she’s chosen to discuss Death and Life by Gustav Klimt, an artwork that stopped her in her tracks when she saw it in person in Vienna during one of our curator trips.
3:09 – What it felt like for Madalyn seeing the artwork for the first time
6:13 – Describing what Gustav Klimt’s Death and Life looks like
9:34 – The many observations we had while interpreting Death and Life
15:04 – Possible meanings and symbolism behind the skin tone used
24:20 – The loneliness and personality of Death
30:44 – An important lesson for art teachers to realize about their students
32:45 – Why we connected with Death and Life and the messages imparted to us
Transcript at https://artclasscurator.com/60-death-and-life/
How Naudline Pierre's Art Reflects My Life Then and Now
Today’s a different kind of episode. I had an idea recently and wanted to experiment with something new...
I went back to the Dallas Museum of Art to revisit Nauline Pierre’s exhibit. Why? I want to look at the same artwork again and again to see what new lessons I get out of it and how the artwork grows and changes as I grow and change.
And I want you along for the ride to see what that looks like in practice. I’m not just recalling my experience but also giving you a true taste of it in the immediate aftermath. So in this episode, I’ve captured my fresh thoughts and perspectives on Pierre’s exhibit, from the comfort of my car outside the museum.
5:59 - Describing the next painting in the story of the falling woman, Power Within
9:14 - Why one particular angel in this artwork resonated with me so much
12:28 - Describing Pierre’s Hereafter, Ye Shall Be Changed and the storyline I see within it
14:49 - How this painting reflects my own life right now
19:01 - New insights gained, a couple of days later
23:52 - Why I wanted to do an episode like this and create the Art Connection Circle
27:01 - The three things necessary to treat something like art as a sacred act
Transcript at https://artclasscurator.com/94-how-art-reflects-my-life/
I Need Art, and So Do You! A Podcast Rebranding Revealed
Don’t be alarmed, Art Class Curator followers! The art lessons, blog posts, and other goodies are still here for your enjoyment. But the podcast has undergone a re-branding and slight shift in focus.
My own personal journey over the last few years has led me to this moment. So in this episode, I explain why I’ve changed things and what you can expect from now on. Welcome to the You Need Art podcast!
1:13 - How the pandemic inspired a call for deeper connection for me
5:23 - What I’ve recently realized about one of my main superpowers
7:08 - Why I’ve decided to re-brand the podcast a bit and re-think a question I’ve always asked
13:13 - The goal of this newly rebranded podcast for you, the listener
15:57 - When I saw my life reflected in a work of art discussed on the show live
19:34 - The sculpture that showed me how personal connections don’t have to be huge moments
23:16 - People seeing themselves reflected in art in very different ways
26:40 - What you need to do to truly see what’s possible with personal connection through art
Transcript at https://artclasscurator.com/93-you-need-art/
Falling for Naudline Pierre’s Evocative Art: A Conversation with Madalyn (Part 2)
Last week, Madalyn and I geeked out over Naudline Pierre’s art exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art. It blew us away so much that we ended up talking for an hour and a half about our experience there. In part two of our discussion, we wrap up our thoughts on Lest You Fall and move on to Pierre’s Hold On, Hold Tight featuring more angels, nude figures, and clashing colors.
1:20 - The different energy vibes given off by the angels in Lest You Fall
5:10 - Why the Bible quote similar to the artwork’s title triggers me
10:43 - Describing Pierre’s Hold On, Hold Tight oil on canvas painting
14:03 - What the fetal position of the main character could symbolize
18:42 - The personal reason behind why Madalyn feels drawn to this work of art
21:27 - Possible interpretations for the depiction of two angels who seem a bit removed from the action
26:22 - Why this exhibit made me want to go home and paint afterward
31:14 - Being expansive, multiple, contradictory, and living in the fullness of possibility
Mentioned in the Show:
Art Connection Circle
Transcript at https://artclasscurator.com/91-falling-for-naudline-pierres-art/
Falling for Naudline Pierre’s Evocative Art: A Conversation with Madalyn (Part 1)
Madalyn’s back on the podcast to discuss a favorite subject of ours: art! This time we talk about a Naudline Pierre artwork exhibit we just happened upon in Dallas recently. Our conversation ran well past the hour mark, so I’ve broken it up into two parts. In this part one episode, we discuss Pierre’s Lest You Fall oil on canvas painting and all the feelings and imagery it evoked within us.
5:46 - Madalyn tries to describe what she saw when walking into the exhibit
8:53 - How Pierre’s work reminds me of a Baroque painting
13:29 - Discussing Pierre’s Lest You Fall, featuring a falling nude person
18:41 - My back-and-forth feelings on the winged creatures in the artwork
22:21 - The ability to see your identity reflected in art mediums
26:06 - Possible duality in the bird’s actions in the painting
31:31 - Life, faith, and the universal experience that draws us to these images
41:32 - Reflecting on what the figure could be falling towards and how that translates to life
Mentioned in the Show:
More Wonder, Please podcast
Art Connection Circle
Transcript at https://artclasscurator.com/91-Falling-for-Naudline-Pierres-Evocative-Art
The Art Teacher Podcast I was Needing!
I enjoy that this podcast gives me loads of helpful tips and ideas but also nurtures my love of art looking and teaching. Each podcast offers loads of resources like book recommendations, speakers, lesson ideas and art to seek out.
Your world view has created an intolerance for other’s view points. Your latest podcast is evidence of your authoritarianism. I feel unwelcome here.
I really have enjoyed listening to this podcast! I think Cindy’s brings on incredible speakers and they discussion very relevant and interesting material. Looking forward to working my way through the whole series.