Sunday, March 28, 2010

Reflection: Art

Hi folks, I recently led a guided journaling session at the Call and Response Writer's Workshop in Monroe, and I promised to post my handout.

Still really pressed for time, so I'm keeping the journal entries short. In the center of all of us is a burning need to answer the beautiful complex universe that we perceive. To me art is the heart's cry to the loveliness, the terror, the joy, the aloneness, the vastness, to the complexity of the this place that we find ourselves. Art is in a east/west position when it comes to monetary concerns. It is a fine pursuit, something that we instinctively know makes us more, makes us better, and ultimately is the testament of hope.

I know in my heart, art is a gift. It is a high road and connects me to the river of truth flowing through the fabric of life -- I hear voices murmuring in these waters, "Love triumphs over all loss, don't be afraid, look up, behold the cosmos and wonder." This art is a witness to what I ultimately believe: it all works out, mercy triumphs over judgement, and in the white core of it all, goodness prevails. Art communicates what I have seen, not just the physical form of the thing, but all the layers I see beneath. Meaning, that's the key for me. Deep calls to deep, folks.

I hope you take time to give yourself over to the wild pursuit of art today. Seize the day.

This week's doodle is from my response to petroglyph at the Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque, NM. Art responding to art. Gotta love that.

Every beauty which is seen here by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come. Michelangelo


Soozi said...

Thank you, Molly! Your session was a gift of immeasurable value. I deeply appreciate it.

Faith Pray said...

What provoking thoughts on art, on journaling and going deeper in writing and life. Thank you!