On Art and Mindfulness: Notes From the Anderson Ranch

2015. Photographs and illustration by Enrique Martínez Celaya. 112 pages. 3 black and white photographs, 5 illustrations. Hardcover.

In On Art and Mindfulness, Enrique Martínez Celaya shares his views and advice on the art-making process, the development of a practice, the management of obstacles, and the day-to-day choices we must make in order to remain creative, productive, and honest.

He writies, "although there are thousands of writings about character, and much has been said about integrity, we frequently see artists trade their solitude for acceptance or ease. But these choices are not inevitable. Clarify to yourself what is at stake for you and what is at stake for your work."

Drawn from the workshops and seminars Martínez Celaya taught over nine years at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowass Village, Colorado, On Art and Mindfulness reminds us to be aware of and responsive to the qualities and attitudes that make an artist an artist and serves as a practical, accessible guide not only for artists but for anyone who wishes to live a mindful, productive life.

ENRIQUE MARTINEZ CELAYA was trained as an artist as well as a physicist. His work has been widely exhibited internationally and is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and the Museum der bildenden Künste in Leipzig, among others. He is a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College, taught as a tenured profession in the faculty of Pomona College and Claremont Graduate University, was a Presidential Professor at the University of Nebraska, and is the author of Collected Writings and Interviews 1990-2010 and The Nebraska Lectures, both published by the University of Nebraska Press, The Blog: Bad Time for Poetry, October, and the artist's book Guide, which was later serialized by the magazine Works & Conversations.