The dominant thinking in Western society is that of separation: the separation of mind from matter, science from spirituality, art from daily life. From the Renaissance onwards, artists worked as individuals, in their studios, in isolation from other artisans, separating themselves from their fellow craftspeople. They practised art as a way of self-expression. Their art produced mostly items of luxury and status. Thus art became disconnected from the natural world, from living communities and from life itself. There art stayed, for centuries, something apart – to be practised only by those with ...


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