In this place, I connect with what is real…with my authentic energy. I find the place where I don’t have to pretend or make something up or respond to or try to fit into what anyone else expects me to be. I find MY place…the place I can speak my truth, the truth in my breath, body and voice. It calms me and energizes me at once.
Work begins when you don’t like what you’re doing. Tension, a lack of honesty, and a sense of unreality come from following the wrong force in your life. As an adult, you must rediscover the moving power of your life!
I take sorrow into me like an expectant mother.
I hold it gently, letting it rest in me. It cries itself to sleep.
When it wakes I let it wail, not asking it to be calm.
I create a safe space around it and never say, “hush now.”
I begin to understand that this sorrow is bigger than me.
I am grieving for something greater than myself.
The pain of the world passes through me.
As I give it space,
it begins a transformation
– Jennifer Sturgis
Not so long ago, Arunima asked members of the Long Circle Artists’ Group to answer the question, “Why do you make art?” Below is one artist’s answer.
Why do I make art? To see myself. To look into the void and recognize who I am at that moment. To see colors together–to hear them cling and shout at one another. To feel the paint slide from my brush and go free wheeling across a page. To know that I AM. To make magic-a transforming act of regeneration, renewal and extension. To grow-over and over and over. To reach for the unknown within me—to embrace both dark and light and present it to myself. To be seen as more than I think I am—to show myself and others that all is acceptable and of value—even in brokenness. To gain favor for my little self—so that she is happy. To play and have joy in making marks. To show the physical presence of my emotions, my reactions—to see these illusions for what they are. To be with myself in a way that no other action allows. To go into another world—deep and dark, wild and free, into joy and into madness. –Angel Craddock
As you can see, this simple question–why do you make art?–prompted deep and meaningful reflections on what motivates us as artists, what brings us back to the canvas (or blank page or piano or dance floor or microphone) time and again, in spite of the challenges we each may face. Sometimes minute to minute.
So, why do you make art–whatever your art is? What keeps bringing you back?
Another much-loved Year-Long program begins this September (Flow Like a River). By my count, this will be the eighth one. Anyone remember any before 1999?
Many have taken this ten-month intensive several times over. What is it about the Year-Long that keeps bringing you back? What about it intrigues you as a potential first-timer?
So many things happen at Art & Soul–and we’re not just talking about our classes, workshops and events. We have discoveries, epiphanies, playfulness, artistic adventures and misadventures, explorations, insights…the list goes on and on. This blog is where we hope to share some of those experiences that make Art & Soul unique.
So, tell us: what would you like to see here?