Alex Assaly interviews Lois Cordelia, University of Cambridge
Lois Cordelia was interviewed by Alex Assaly, a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Cambridge, for one of his series of "5 Questions" interviews with academics and artists.
Alex Assaly first encountered visual artist Lois Cordelia's work in Darren J.N. Middleton’s Rastafari and the Arts (2015), for which Lois contributed a number of images and an article written specifically for the book. Alex writes: "[Lois's] painting of Black Uhuru was one of the most arresting illustrations featured in the study." He conducted the interview with Lois via a series of email exchanges.
Lois talks to Alex about how she came to focus on the visual arts, some of the spiritual traditions that have influenced her life and work, and the prevailing themes of movement, dance and interconnectedness that are so characteristic of her art.
"Yes, all things are connected. As an artist, I consider part of my role is to open people’s eyes to the extraordinary parallels that link every level of reality, because this is the basis of creativity, not to accept things simply at face value, but to go deeper. To quote John Muir: “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe”.
"As a child growing up in school, I rarely questioned the modern scientific mindset, with its emphasis on logical, linear thoughts, tending to dismiss interconnectedness in all but its most obvious forms. In evolving to become an artist, I have had to re-train my brain to think sideways, diagonally, cyclically, back-to-front, in loops and spirals, and beyond the confines of conventional thinking. Every artist runs the risk of being labelled ‘crazy’, but the more I delve into looking-glass land and logic, the more I consider this term a compliment."
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