A New Year... 2022, once again around the sun, wishing rays were burning brighter, yet somehow we all persevere planning with new resolutions or a revisit to old ones... out in distant space an asteroid appears and scientists talk about it as if it were an annoying next door neighbour streaking by that we all need to notice.
There are those looking telescopically far into the distance(gladly, away from here) while others are staring microscopically(and repetitively) close at issues, over-focussing with NO action. Medical announcements and reports are contradictory on a daily basis. As an Artist, I tune out the news and wonder what the real pulse of society is at this point…
In the fighting ring, in this corner: unsure, untrusting, wavering, weak and pallid. In the opposite corner: angry, aggressive and protesting. Maybe each of us vacillates between the two, finding that all things are divisive in public, personal and private circles... even our thoughts. So what of ART and the Artist’s voice? We are called to capture the dichotomy or provide the escape. With this in mind, I decided to draw from “The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity” by Julia Cameron. I continue to carve, KNIVES OUT.
"Why should we all use our creative power…
Because there is nothing that makes people
So generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate,
So indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of
Objects and money…"
“It is in the knowledge in the genuine conditions of our lives
That we must draw our strength to live and our reasons for living.”
Simone de Beauvoir
“The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.”
“Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.”
“The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.”
"The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.”
Photo courtesy: Jamie McCaffrey