Oak Leaves - Michael Chow
Mike experiences his evolving art as a “progressive culmination” of his former full-time vocation as educator, pastor, psychotherapist, and spiritual healer. He feels that discovering the infinite connections among art, photography, landscaping, and spirituality is not only “re-creational” and healing, but also great fun.
Healing is the process of finding balance, equilibrium and wholeness, the human response to disruptions to living and even the threat to life itself. Whether one is healing from physical, mental, or spiritual injury, the healing process can be complex and arduous and impacts every dimension of life. In the face of suffering—asking “why me?”—I want to capture the natural world in my art as hope-filled metaphors of my meaning-making process; to affirm the resilience of the human spirit within each of us. In this exhibition, I want to explore ways my art can illuminate and amplify the dialectic aspects of the healing process, including subjective emotional highs and lows, experiencing despair and hope, often concurrently, and to better embrace the dance between brokenness and wholeness that I believe is universal.