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Big Dipper - Art Journal

The Big Dipper is the most visible part of the Ursa Major, consisting  of seven stars. In numerology, number seven alludes to depth and.  wisdom, always (re)searching for more, a symbol for culture’s.  endless possibilities. Considered to be the ‘female bear’ of the sky, it also hints at metamorphosis,, especially because it is strongly tied to Callisto, a nymph, and Zeus’ lover. In fact, Callisto is turned into a bear by Hera, symbolic of art and artistic creation.

In this section, our writers explore everything culture and art related. What does art reflect on a broader scale? How does it impact societal structures, beliefs and how broad can we get when speaking of artworks? This section is the place to read about interdisciplinary questions, the culmination of human creative expression and why culture may be the key to exploring and expanding (the limits of) human potential.


Edition IV. Fates and Choices

October 12, 2022

Fate and Reality: How Photography Affects our Perception

Idil Emiroglu

Imagination and photographic evidence are both complementary and contradicting inputs of historical events, told stories and the outer world’s realities. Can photography change the fate of reality by contradicting our imagination ability? Written incidents versus picturializing the incident's effects can divert the subject of reality’s fate. The photographer’s decision becomes the crux of canalizing the fate of reality...READ MORE


Edition III. Waves and Paths

July 13, 2022

New Paths for Arts Engagement through the Emergence of the “Artfluencer”

Alexandra Steinacker

In the 1920s in the United States of America, the nephew of psychologist Sigmund Freud, Edward Bernays, invented the profession “public relations”. Applying his uncle’s theories of the “Self”, he utilized the human mind by playing on its fears and dreams instead of rational thoughts. The idea was that the subconscious mind would identify with certain ideas and products, so that one would consume things to define one’s self-worth....READ MORE

Edition II. Networks and Labyrinths


April 13, 2022


The Grand Interconnectedness of Sondheim’s Work

Anna McKibbin

Sodheim's best-known protagonists are united in their separation, their desire to extricate themselves from the chaos of the world, to observe, to create. "Stepping back to look at a face / leaves a little space in the way like a window" George sings when weighing the demands of his relationship with Dot and what his art requires from him...READ MORE


Helena Santidrián Mas

“Networks and Labyrinths” suggests Dedalus and Icarus, Theseus, the Minotaur and Ariadne, the Cretan Labyrinth and all the myths surrounding it. When reading these two words, “networks and labyrinths”, paintings, films, photographs, and ideas persistently enter my mind. They all create an unexpected network, intertwined by a fil rouge which is the visual representation and the idea of a labyrinth... READ MORE

Edition I. Origins and Birth


January 12, 2022


The iconography of Santiago Matamoros

in Compostela. A Paradox.

Helena Santidrián Mas

The city of Santiago de Compostela welcomes thousands of pilgrims who arrive from all over the world every year, but when they enter the Cathedral, one of the first things they see is a statue of Santiago Matamoros (the Apostle James the Great riding a white horse while beheading Muslims). In this article, Helena explores this paradox, which is worsened by the fact that the Catholic diocese of Compostela constantly tries to escape controversies by removing some of the figures or denying any discussion around the iconography. All this can be linked to the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, to the damaging of conquerors' monuments and to the debate around the removal of the statues...READ MORE

Art Journal Authors

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Helena Santidrián Mas (she/her)

Milan, London, Madrid, Santiago de Compostela