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Amor Fati: Paintings and Drawings by Christopher Willingham

Saturday June 4, 2016 - Saturday July 30, 2016 All Day

Lieber T.“What, then, is to be done? To make the best of what is in our power, and take the rest as it naturally happens.”
—Epictetus, Discourses I, 1.17

Amor Fati presents recent paintings and drawings by Christopher Willingham, adjunct professor of visual arts at Holyoke Community College. Charged with mark and color, and evoking themes from classical mythology, these powerful images reveal emergent forms and compositions in a language of exploratory abstraction. Grounded in vivid materiality, they record the search not for specific objects, but for an emotional exactitude—a specificity of feeling in which features of light, landscape, weather, and organic form pulse as elements of urgent process. Naming his creative engagement as amor fati, “love of fate,” the artist offers his works as a Stoic meditation on life as eternal, transformative process, and on the aesthetic as life itself. In an exuberant exchange of chance and vernacular, he proceeds not by merely accepting as necessary the often fraught activity of making and living, but by loving it.

“My formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely to bear what is necessary, still less to conceal it… but to love it.”

—Friederich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo

Amor fati is brought to Wistariahurst by the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts

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