Art as Therapy: Sorrow

According to Alain de Botton and John Armstrong, there are Seven Functions of Art: RememberingHopeSorrowRebalancingSelf UnderstandingGrowthAppreciation Art can teach us how to suffer more successfully. Consider Richard Serra's Fernando Pessoa. It is encouraging a profound engagement with sadness. The outward chatter of society is typically cheerful and upbeat - confess a problem to someone and …

Shift (1970)

Shift is a large outdoor sculpture by American artist Richard Serra, located in King City, Ontario, Canada about 50 kilometers north of Toronto. The work was commissioned in 1970 by art collector Roger Davidson and installed on his family property. Shift consists of six large concrete forms, each 20 centimeters thick and 1.5 meters high, zigzagging over about four hectares of rolling countryside. What I …