Michael Howard in Living Form Studio     "The object of the sense impulse is life. The object of the rational impulse is form. The object of the play impulse is living form.  All aesthetic qualities, all that we call beauty, originate in the play impulse. Thus in creating beauty we creatie living form."  Friedrich Schiller 

Michael Howard in Living Form Studio

 

"The object of the sense impulse is life. The object of the rational impulse is form. The object of the play impulse is living form.  All aesthetic qualities, all that we call beauty, originate in the play impulse. Thus in creating beauty we creatie living form."  Friedrich Schiller 

Statement

My creative striving is grounded in a spirit of research. I  explore artistic activity as a spiritual activity, and in that sense, I seek to discover ways the visual arts can better serve the spiritual needs of contemporary human beings. My research has led me to explore how the arts can develop inner capacities such as  empathy and creative freedom. With the growing dominance of digital technology in our lives, I am actively engaged with developing artistic methods and exercises that can be worked with contemplatively to counteract and balance the adverse effects of digital technology. See Window Eleven.

 

About

Living Fom Studio is the outer space where I do my creative work as a freelance artist, art teacher and writer in Amherst MA.  

Born in Vancouver, Canada, in 1946, I began sculpting at the age of fifteen. I studied sculpture at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and received a BFA from Eastern Michigan University, and a MA in Fine Arts from Columbia Pacific University in CA.  

I met the work of Rudolf Steiner in 1969 when I attended Emerson College in England. Since then Rudolf Steiner's worldview has informed my striving as an artist, a teacher and an evolving human being.  

Although mostly known as a sculptor, I also paint and draw. For forty-five years I have explored the qualitative relationship between the sounds of speech and sculptural form. For the last ten years I have expanded my exploration have expanded to creating visible music as well. I have also developed the medium of rice drawing as a way to school social artistic capacities.

I edited and introduced a collection of lectures on art by Rudolf Steiner entitled, Art as Spiritual Activity: Rudolf Steiner's Contribution to the Visual Arts. I wrote a book on the role of art in education called, Educating the Will, as well as two booklets: Mesonyms, and Artistic Feeling and Meditation.

I live and work in Amherst, MA.

My website is: livingformstudio.org

I can be contacted at: livingformstudio@gmail.com.