A multi-faceted personality, California-based
Dana Lynne Andersen is an artist with a mission. An
expressive arts therapist, a multi-media artist, writer
and teacher, Dana believes that art is a spiritual gateway.
"I want to speak to Delhiites about
art and consciousness. India has a lot to offer in art
and spirituality and it should lead the way. The coming
together of art and consciousness enhances strength,"
says Dana, who participated in an interactive session
organised here in the Capital on Thursday by Draupadi
Dream Trust in association with Gallery Pioneer and
Stating that much of modern art has
become increasingly jaded, Dana says originality has
come to mean simply breaking the rule and this has led
to a contest of shock value. "The true meaning
of originality is from the origin or that which springs
directly from the source," adds Dana.
Dana, who creates original works in
installations and gives live multi-media performances,
also delivers lectures on the role of art in society.
She believes that the purpose of art is to uplift the
consciousness of its viewers, to inspire the soul and
to awaken the spirit. "It is this kind of art that
would make a difference in the world,'' she adds, claiming
that meditation has refined her ability to remain inwardly
receptive. Dana has a master's degree in Consciousness
Studies from the John F. Kennedy University and has
offered her unique programme to schools, civic art centres
and various conferences for a number of years.
-- Madhur Tankha
Draupadi's concluding remarks
Dana answers questions