Amy Markham is an artist, educator, and creator of Starling, a podcast to help artists develop depth in their creative practice. In her day to day life she teaches middle school art. She is also an armchair philosopher, cancer survivor, and mom to 2 boys.
Many people struggle to understand the difference between a sign and a symbol, and what symbol creation is all about. In this episode we discuss how signs work with our consciousness and symbols work within our unconscious. We also take a peek at what happens when a culture cannot agree on it's symbols. Listen in to the episode at the link below and explore curated content around this topic of symbolic living. Follow THIS LINK to explore curated content around this topic. I also mention that this is my last episode for a while, as I have to prepare for how coronavirus is changing the upcoming school year. Join our private online FB group to meet other like minded artists developing their own practice. We will be having some virtual meetups there throughout the summer there and the conversation continues within that group. 
Artists must find a balance between focusing their attention on their creative work and seeking attention to have that work seen. How do the issues around attention help or hinder creative process? How does our personal relationship with attention enable connection with our authentic artistic vision? Follow THIS LINK for curated content around this episode, a recap of the practices discussed and the Spotify playlist around the theme of Attention & Authenticity. 
In this episode we move into imagination, and the discussion gets a little more esoteric and metaphysical. Discover curated content and info at THIS LINK. Join in as we drop an anchor into art history and explore ways artists have used avatars to map their inner worlds and non physical reality. Through discussions of avatars used by Max Ernst and Leonora Carrington we see how this device can allow imaginative explorations and help us move from work based in observing material reality, into art from our own creative spirt. For images, resources, a recap of the practices and the Spotify playlist around this theme of Artistic Avatars click HERE.
In this episode we contemplate the influence and idea of home, and its impact on our creative development. We also discuss my favorite artist, Marc Chagall. For curated content around this episode and more information about Starling follow THIS LINK. There you will find information about Chagall, images of places I have called home and a link to the Spotify playlist around the them of home. 
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15 hours, 21 minutes