Art, Life, Death, and Collaborative Reality

Art and life are a welter of continuous perception, imagery, interrelationship, and the creation of new experience. Like the complex water waves among swimmers, interactions of perception, emotion, and cognition – shared experiences – reverberate and fill the spaces of our lives.

We are aware of the saturation of our cultural environment, by virtue of a continuous stream of information and aesthetic sensation speeding through the electronic networks of the contemporary world. Our inner lives, as well – our very neurons – are equally subsumed, bathed in the reflected knowledge of each other’s minds and hearts.

We are interconnected and our experiences are shared. The worlds we inhabit are of our creation. We imagine them, and proceed to create them. Inhabiting and experiencing these virtual environments, which in turn become our new reality. We evolve within it. And we evolve together.


I received these images recently, from my friend, the art collector and designer, Deborah Schmidt. They depict two pieces of my work from the early 1990s in her collection – a black-and-white painting and painted globe. I was so happy to hear from her again after many years and happy as well to see the work so well cared for and appreciated.  This allowed me to recall its creation, public exhibition, and our entangled lives.

It can be revelatory to encounter one’s work in the world at large. This experience was brought home for me again, with the recent death of friend and collaborator, Pery Burge. She leaves behind a magnificent collection of the continuously inspiring work she loved to do. She leaves behind, also, the work we were doing together. This work continues to be shared with the world. In this way, even our collaboration continues.

It is a wondrous and wonderful thing to create one’s purest aesthetic experiences to live on in the minds, hearts, and lives of others in the real world – the one we create together.


Black-and-white painting and painted globe by Tullio DeSantis, in the collection of Deborah Schmidt.


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5 responses to “Art, Life, Death, and Collaborative Reality

  1. Austin Fields

    I find the painted globe very meaningful. A regular printed globe clearly shows the separation of all the countries by big blue oceans and rivers. I think the painted globe shows the connection and the transferring of information of products, information, and ideas throughout the world. As we advance in technology it shows that the world comes together to make new advancements and ideas are shared allowing more people to connect and interpret and learn information. This painted globe, I believe shows the world in a good light where there is a connection and people connect to different cultures and experience many new things.

  2. I love the painting of the globe and I liked how you said on your blog that we see the world through our own creation and when we create it, it becomes a reality and how it all evolves.

  3. Joshua Goretzke

    The globe is very intriguing, I love original ideas and have never seen anything quite like that representing the world before. I am not sure what your mindset was when creating that piece, but I agree with Austin it looks like the transfer and blending of energy throughout the world. Instead of the solid borders and blue globs which seem restricting and symbolized unlike what actually occurs on earth,

  4. Eileen Escalante

    I really like the painting of the globe. The paint reminds me the world is connected through water, life, people, and land and the paint represents that. Also, cultures are dispersed around the world. The world is a colorful landscape of different cultures and it is very important to develop an appreciation for different cultures in order to become a well –rounded person.

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