Act of Creation: To Glimpse the Divine
Today a small group will gather at the Jacksonville Center for the fourth time to have a wide-ranging discussion about art. A topic to guide us is provided, but wide-ranging is the rule.
Today’s prompt is this:
Renewal, Rebirth, Transformation and the Arts.Â Have you ever felt renewed by an art experience? Have you had a transformative experience in your art making? Is there something you think could be reborn through art?
My slant, since I’m not an artist in the way others are (those who have more than words or photographs to show to demonstrate their creativity) is to think about CREATIVITY in general. And I’mÂ especially interestedÂ in that realm with the power of creative activities to transform us.
It was thrilling to me to discover, for the first time a decade ago, that I even had a creative self that could be nurtured and sustained, and then to learn that it could lead me to so many “rebirths” over those years.
Here’s the way one writer expressed it:
“One of the strangest things is the act of creation.
You are faced with a blank slate–a page, a canvas, a block of stone or wood, a silent musical instrument.
You then look inside yourself. You pull and tug and squeeze and fish around for slippery raw shapelessÂ thingsÂ that swim like fish made of cloud vapor and fill you with living clamor. You latch onto something. And you bring it forth out of your head like Zeus giving birth to Athena.
And as it comes out, it takes shape and tangible form.
It drips on the canvas, and slides through your pen, it springs forth and resonates into the musical strings, and slips along the edge of the sculptor’s tool onto the surface of the wood or marble.
You have given it cohesion. You have brought forth something ordered and beautiful out of nothing.
Have you been transformed by glimpsing the divine in your own creative growth?
IMAGE: Pachyderm, from a photograph, via ProCreate for iPad by FFirst