Inspired by ancient spirituality and modern science Aric’s photographs, videos and sound works explore the secrets that lie beyond the veil of perception. This pursuit of curiosity results in works that radiate a sense of wonder and connection to the cosmos.
Having cancer can be a physically and emotionally overwhelming experience. Engaging the creative process provided me with the inspiration to face the uncertainties, stress and pain of my treatment with commitment, creativity and courage.
Abstract photographs from my series Seeking the Light, especially the image to the left, served as visual meditations helping me cope with the anxiety and pain associated with treatment. I discovered I could use them in this way while searching for relief after suffering a panic attack during the CT scan simulation prior to my first treatment. Visualizing the images in my mind’s eye helped me relax and prepared me for 6 weeks of radiation to my tongue and neck while bolted to the table under the mask. Through these images I was able to turn a terrifying treatment into a relaxing meditation.
I used this technique throughout my treatments. As the pain got more intense the meditations provided me with an even deeper oasis of peace. Even though the sharp pain from my mouth sores brought tears to my eyes and the swelling and irritation in my throat prevented me from eating solid food I had the profound understanding that with each treatment I was a step towards healing my cancer. My body was weakened by the treatments yet I was feeling an energizing swell of inner strength.
It’s unlikely I could have skipped the prescribed anti-anxiety medications, feeding tube or heavy painkillers without the resources I found within myself through these images. I strongly believe that creativity played a vital role in my ability to not only survive but to thrive though treatment. In addition, my post-treatment work is some of the strongest I’ve every created!
Aric Attas holds a BS in Psychology from Hobart College and an MFA in Photography from the Hartford Art School. He has won numerous awards for his work and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Aric is known for his metallic silver photographs, immersive video installations and ambient sound environments. Engaging the lenses of ancient spirituality and modern science his meditative works explore the mysteries of the universe asking questions such as: Where did we come from? Why are we here? How are we connected?
The rich blues, concentric circles and nebulous forms in his visual work recall photographs of galaxies, star fields, nebulae and planetary surfaces from the Hubble Space Telescope. Immersed in expansive soundscapes these celestial works radiate a sense of wonder and connection to the cosmos.
As a two-time cancer survivor Aric thrives on sharing the healing power of creativity with others through art, music, creativity coaching, workshops and speaking engagements.