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  • Keywords
    • Canadian Poetry,
    • Mixed-Media Art,
    • Narrative Art,
    • Balance in Life,
    • Black and White,
    • Notan and Chiaroscuro,
    • Artist book

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Light as it Falls
Passport to the Arts
by Irene Naested

Finding balance in one’s life isn’t always straightforward: it involves light and shadow, and blacks, whites, and greys. Artist and writer Dr. Irene Naested explores the philosophy, psychology, and beauty of these themes in Light as it Falls. This hybrid volume combines Naested’s poetry, art, and photography, complemented by quotations and philosophical discussions ranging from Carl Jung’s “shadow self” to the Japanese idea of “notan” (dark/light). In Light as it Falls, Naested has distilled her lifetime of art-making into one meditative volume, offering a sublime, contemplative journey for anyone interested in the shades of grey that exist in life and in art.

“In the balance of form and content in this work, Irene Naested achieves her mandate of creating equilibrium. Light as it Falls is a unique and elegantly contrived artist's statement: to produce a narrative art concerned with achieving balance in life and to communicate her manifesto to others.” —Cecelia Frey, author “In these poems, paintings, images, quotations, notes and fragments, Irene Naested distills a lifetime’s worth of artistic insight about the dialectical and ephemeral nature of the world. Wide-ranging influences from different cultures and time periods—as well as the antinomies of light-dark, presence-absence, and life-death—are unified in a vision that seeks out creative inspiration from the quotidian moments that often pass unnoticed.” —David Martin, author of Tar Swan

Dr. Irene Naested, Full Professor and Professor Emerita from Mount Royal University (MRU), is an author, visual artist and educator. She has authored numerous books, chapters, journal articles, and teacher resources on teaching and learning. Her poetry, prose and art have been published nationally and internationally. She received a teaching award from MRU and a Canadian national art teaching award from the Canadian Society for Education through Art. Irene’s visual art and writing become multi-layers of exploration of ideas, insights, meditative moments, and principles of composition gleaned from nature to tell her story. She presently writes, creates, and teaches in Calgary, where she lives with her husband, Jesper, across the Bow River from her son, Thomas, daughter-in-law, Maureen, and amazing grandson, Seeton. Irene hosts a yearly “Passport to the Arts Show and Sale” the second Sunday in September. Visit to learn more.


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