I Close My Eyes To See [NOOK Book]

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In 1991 Dan Rhema was the director of an intercultural training center in Mexico until an epidemic of dengue fever swept through the town where he lived. Dan contracted three different strains of the fever. Critically ill, he was flown to Atlanta, Georgia where the Centers for Disease Control specialists worked to save his life. The multiple types of dengue had deteriorated into a deadly combination of meningitis and encephalitis and, later that evening, Dan had a near-death experience. He left his body and took ...
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Overview

In 1991 Dan Rhema was the director of an intercultural training center in Mexico until an epidemic of dengue fever swept through the town where he lived. Dan contracted three different strains of the fever. Critically ill, he was flown to Atlanta, Georgia where the Centers for Disease Control specialists worked to save his life. The multiple types of dengue had deteriorated into a deadly combination of meningitis and encephalitis and, later that evening, Dan had a near-death experience. He left his body and took an unexpected journey to the other side. Dan did not come back to this world as the same person. His brain damaged from the fevers, Dan returned as a stranger in his own mind.

During his recuperation, Dan found himself navigating an uncharted dream path through his unconscious mind. He began to chronicle this mystical dream journey by compulsively creating multimedia collages, sculptures, and masks from found objects.  He also began to paint, capturing the images flowing through him in a unique three-dimensional style. It soon became apparent to Dan that these acts of creation were healing and re-creating him. He has taken this realization and made it the focus of his art. Trauma can awaken creativity and, through creativity, healing can begin.

Told through a unique pairing of Dan’s words with over one hundred pieces of his art, I Close My Eyes To See, is the story of Dan’s extraordinary journey from near death to new life.
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Editorial Reviews

P. M. H. Atwater
In I Close My Eyes To See, Dan suffuses words with a spread of color and art, shape and form, to reveal the depths of true meaning. It's almost as if your heart can "taste" what he is saying. There is wisdom here, born of unbelievable joy and fear, love and pain, promise and mystery. He is resurrected by his journey, a journey you can share with him as you turn each page.

-- P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D., author of Near-Death Experiences: The Rest of The Story
Mark Shepherd
...I have experienced several of Dan Rhema's pieces in this fine collection before you. And they're powerful. I can say that. They stick with you, days, years later.

...And that's what this book is about. His art -- his story -- ought to be seen. Heard. Experienced. Because his gift (curse?) ultimately shows us something beyond mere words or stories. Something that's in us all, or a heartbeat away.

-- Mark Shepherd, Senior lecturer, University of Southern California Scho
Joe Henry
Dan Rhema doesn’t need to recede into his art, as he has already been counted among the “disappeared.” Dan has both a lost life to mark and grieve, and an inherited one to discover and embrace; and his work walks the wire that must reconcile the two.

-- Joe Henry, singer-songwriter and Grammy winning music producer.
Michael Blowen
The title of Dan Rhema's absorbing book, "I Close My Eyes To See," captures the contradictory nature of his art. His art is, at once, stylistically clear and concise and thematically enigmatic. Like Dan.
...Dan's work is ... as classic as a cave painting and as hip as the found objects that he assembles into magnificent images...

-- Michael Blowen, former film critic for the Boston Globe
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615430423
  • Publisher: Altered Vision Arts
  • Publication date: 12/31/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 15 MB
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Meet the Author

KEVIN WILSON holds degrees in history, psychology, and theology and is a specialist in the mystical element of religion.
Like his heroes, Wendell Berry and Ed McClanahan, Mr. Wilson resides in Kentucky where he functions as a writer, teacher, and promoter of the arts. He wholeheartedly agrees with Ken Kesey that the need for mystery is always greater than the need for answers.

DAN RHEMA visionary artist, writer and filmmaker, lives in historic Old Louisville, Kentucky. His art has been exhibited nationally, in solo and group shows, for the past decade. Dan’s children’s picture books include; The Day the Animals Lost Their True Colors, a 2002 IPPY Awards Finalist; One Tiny Twig and Bluegrass Breeze. You can read more about Dan’s story at www.danrhema.com.
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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    Greatly Enjoyed

    "I Close My Eyes to See" tells the near death story of Dan Rhema through his art. Each photograph of the art pieces tells the story or shows the emotion or reveals the facts. I am not sure which but some how it communicates exactly what it feels like to try and reintegrate back into the world of the living. The book lets the art work tell the story with a short concise narrative about the author's journey of how he nearly died and how he has come back. In the name of full disclosure, I am a fan of the artwork. I understand the path that Dan is guiding us on through his art. I am sure that affects my subjectivity and this review. This is also my first eBook. If you are in a place to hear Dan's story through his sculptures and paintings than this book will be a neat find, if you are not at that place than this is a book of photographs of outsider artwork.

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