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On Spirituality and Art

September 21, 2019, Online, 11 am EST

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Anjet van Linge

"I'd like to think that how I work is in many ways a metaphor for how we all in our own ways allow life to manifest itself through us."


"Stone carving is a slow art. Hammers and chisels still break up the stone at a speed way faster than the stone was created. With every blow of the hammer i open up to air stone that has been covered for hundred of millions of years. That makes me think sometimes. And yet, sometimes when i make a work, the invitation is to just keep chiseling, to carve stone after stone after stone. Trusting that the meaning I felt when i started will emerge as i work. Maintaining the discipline to simply continue. When a work is turning out to be good, the shivers always come. At times at the outset, when i see in my minds eye what i need to make. At times only when it’s done and it becomes clear which question the work is exploring.

I'd like to think that how I work is in many ways a metaphor for how we all in our own ways allow life to manifest itself through us.  In this session, I'll share three examples of recent work, and use these as a starting point for exploring how we ‘know’, how we ’notice’, and how we work."

Anjet van Linge is a sculptor and a consultant. As a sculptor, she works with stone, taking away to create space and noticing what needs to stay. Often born in response to some life question, her stones invite stillness and reflection. She works in the tradition of ancient stonemasons, using mainly hammer and chisel, attentive to the material, its touch and sound. This enables her to explore the spirit of craftsmanship, and what that may teach us, in our (working) lives also.

As a consultant, she works with international organisations, helping leaders to develop their capacity for conscious leadership, seeing what is present, and what might want to be let go of.

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