And all of us were treated to two impassioned and inspiring talks - one by Judith about her personal practice of art, and how it connects to the spiritual life - and one by Osel about the ethical side of man's relationnship to nature, and to the planet.
In the first talk, Judith talked about the fact of getting absorbed in art being the same as absorbtion in meditation, and also how art broadens one's sympathies. She talked too about the importance of the process as distinct from the idea of a goal, and the importance of keeping it creative and spontanious - keeping beginners mind with it. She also told the heartwarming story of her daughter and her father - who both value art as a process and way of connecting - and how this led to a very moving film which you can view here:
http://grumbledad.tumblr.com/ - this is a blog that Meg made for the Exhibition - the film is on here
https://vimeo.com/127607649 - this is Dad's reaction to the film - he was completely unaware that Meg was doing this for him until he saw the film.
Osel's talk was brave and passionate, and called into question the whole way in which humans assume that the life of animals is less precious than human life, and somehow to be used. It was an impassioned plea for kindness compassion and awareness in our relationship to animals and nature, which many of us really appreciated. If you would like to know more, you can look here to view an excellent interview with the author of Everything is Illuminated/ Extremely loud and incredibly close/ Eating Animals : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjbS8pM57tY