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JANUARY’S THEME IS SURREAL

When you look at the artwork of Frida Kahlo or Salvador Dalí, there’s an element of surprise. Why does it feel familiar yet also otherworldly? Surrealists sought to break free from the shackles of the rational mind and dive into the deep end of the unconscious. The canvas, then, became a mirror for what emerged out of that process. This movement was inspired by events in the 1920s on the heels of the first world war and continues to influence artists, writers, photographers, and filmmakers. This cultural and artistic movement ushered in new techniques that helped humans expand their minds. Today, we recognize a sense of the surreal in unexpected moments in daily life. Art exhibits like Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room are becoming readily available, encouraging people to immerse themselves in experiences that break reality. A ballet performance or a silent meditation retreat can be a dreamlike experience. Whether we experience a surreal moment or dabble in processes like drawing without thinking or writing without self-editing, there’s something to be learned about ourselves and what lingers under the hood of our desires to keep life orderly and controlled. Happy New Year! Our Brussels chapter chose this month’s exploration of Surreal and Charlotte Dumortier illustrated the theme. SURREAL is presented globally this month by WordPress.com.

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HIGHLIGHTS GLOBAL PARTNERS

Wordpress

Join the platform you won’t outgrow. Our global partner Wordpress.com is offering a discount to CM members. You can learn more at wordpress.com/creativemornings! You’ll be building your idea on the platform that powers more than 30% of the internet.

MailChimp

Our global partner Mailchimp has made it easy to create posts for Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter right from their email builder! Read how in this blog post.

Adobe

Fit five years of artistic growth in one. The Adobe Creative Residencyprovides a year of support as you focus on your art. This year-long program provides mentorship to artists specific to their creative niche and business needs. Application opens in January. Visit their site to learn more: Adobe Creative Residency