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About kmjantz

My primary goal is to explore humanities existence to date as we know it. I also create works of art that search to understand and explain why humans die because of diseases has plagued humankind since the beginning of time. Until recently, artistic expression of said search was constrained by religious ideology and scientific understanding. Today modern artists have access to a multitude of scientific technological advancements and enjoy greater creative freedom. For these reasons, my projects combination of artist styles/movements, scientific discovery, folklore, and my own imagination. My overall goal is to introduce viewers to a world so small that most do not think about it until they must due to illness. This goal is accomplished by taking selected microorganisms (thought of as ugly, disgusting, and devastating annoyances) and illustrating them as beautiful symbols of humanity’s co-evolution with nature. Making art can be a way of simplifying complex thoughts and scientific findings imbedded in humanity’s narrative.

Reformation at a Glance

As previously discussed in the November 20, 2015 post “Devotionalism” ushers in the Reformation, throughout the 14th and 15th centuries of Europe a “new religious movement, known as the ‘modern devotion’” was seen (Sayre, 2010, p.239).  The movement was one … Continue reading

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‘Devotionalism’ ushers in the Reformation

The arts have always played an active role in promoting social change, which leads to more social diversity in any given society. Within any culture, it is the artists, through their creation of paintings, sculptures, prints, theater, music, literature, dance, … Continue reading

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Importance of Understanding Cultural Artifacts

Throughout these blogs a number of cultural ideas have been or will be discussed, ranging from social structure and religion to art and music to architecture and literature. Over the course of the next few blogs entries we will discussion … Continue reading

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West Africas Encounter with Portugal

Map 1. World Exploration, 1271-1611. (Sayre, 2013) In this discussion we turn our attention to the indigenous people of West Africa. Since the Portuguese were more interested in fostering trade prospects with Africa a large percentage of their encounters with … Continue reading

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Latin American before and after the Spanish

Map 1. World Exploration, 1271-1611. (Sayre, 2013) This discussion revolves around the indigenous people of South American, who are the people living in the areas of this region before the written word and exploration by Europeans. The diversity visible in … Continue reading

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Foregin Influence on Japan

Map 1. World Exploration, 1271-1611. (Sayre, 2013) In this discussion we will review the indigenous people of Japan, their courtly refinement and their rivalries over whether Buddhism should be introduced into the country. Japanese culture can be defined by the … Continue reading

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India’s Cross-Cultural Encounter

Map 1. World Exploration, 1271-1611. (Sayre, 2013) In this discussion we will turn our attention to the indigenous people of India and their encounter with the Islamic west. The people of India were more tolerant of outside forces and in … Continue reading

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