Islamic High Artistry
(noun) This wonderful, untranslatable German word describes the feeling of homesickness for a far away land, a place you have never visited. Do not confuse this with the english word, wanderlust; Fernweh is much more profound, it is the feeling of an unsatisfied urge to escape and discover new places, almost a sort of sadness. You miss a place you have never experienced, as opposed to lusting over it or desiring it like wanderlust. You are seeking freedom and self-discovery, but not a particular home.
“The sky transformed itself into a splendid and surreal sea of lanterns carrying all kinds of wishes,” writes Your Shot member Sherry Zhao of the scene at the Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Here, a couple makes a wish before releasing a lantern into the night sky. “This enchanted moment is truly embedded in my memory,” Zhao writes. “I’m glad I was fast enough to lie down on the ground and capture the serene moment between this young couple, who drew my attention with their sincere expressions before sending out the lantern, sending up hope.”
Picture: Sherry Zhao
Source: National Geographic
~ vintage faery blossom teacups ~
Images by Hokum Deadfall Photography
Ruth Ann Reese, Question: What are you pretending not to know? Reply: …that the answers are written within. Photo Credit: Patty Sheppard
This piece was created by Ruth during her residency at Craft Alliance in 2013 and is currently on display in our Grand Center gallery in the 2014 Artists-in-Residence Exhibition. See it in person before the show closes on August 24!