What constitutes art? Creativity? Intention? Expression? Portrayal? Evocation? Form? Content? Is art an aesthetic quality? If so is this objective? Subjective? Projective? Pablo Picasso said, “Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” Thomas Merton said, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Calvin (of “and Hobbes” fame), said, “As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance.”
I don’t know how to define what constitutes art, but I know that my life would be infinitely dreary without creativity and imagination. For far too long, religion has sought to control, critique, and where necessary suppress imagination out of fear, and a thirst for power. I’m thankful that there seems to be a growing understanding that beauty possesses a kind of power that cannot be ignored or controlled, that we have nothing to fear from imagination, and much to fear from its suppression or neglect.
My favorite line so far? “I have 27 pairs of underpants on today.”
A close second is, “For that want to keep a box… at least we can expand their box… or just add more boxes.”
Happy Friday everyone.