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Driving to church one Sunday morning recently I heard a report on the radio about ‘slow art’. Not something I had considered before, but I discovered there is a Slow Art Movement, and a Slow Art Day (6 April this year), with a mission to help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art.
Henry David Thoreau said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” The idea of looking slowly is to make discoveries and experience creativity in new ways. Statistically, visitors to galleries view art masterpieces for an average of just 17 seconds, which is perhaps unsurprising in our fast-paced, sound-bite society, and this movement is seeking to challenge that, to slow people down.
This made me wonder if we might do well to embrace ‘slow prayer’ this lent, and slow reading, and slow looking. Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s oft-quoted words remind us of the need to look slowly: