Mankind has always made beautiful things. To be human is to create. And some of the most interesting and beautiful art in the world has been made by some of its poorest people. This art has seduced and inspired the western world for centuries, and it fascinates me. Seeing the similarities in art forms of cultures separated by not only time but vast space, and how their contemporary and abstract forms not only blend in perfectly, but also compliment modern aesthetics is a refreshing revelation. Furthermore the undisputed inspiration seen in the works of modern masters such as Picasso, Klee, Giacometti, and Matisse among others shows a solid, comforting and real connection to the whole of humanity. When embracing the present and the future, it helps to recall and connect with the past. By recognizing and understanding works of art that are often so utilitarian and simplistic in their intent, you will start a connection, and you will see and begin to appreciate their inherent beauty in the signs of use through the ages. This is what makes the connection real.

"It doesn't happen all at once.You become.
It takes a long time.
That's why it doesn't happen often to things that break easily, or have sharp edges, or have to be carefully kept.
Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
-The Velveteen Rabbit