“Every artist is a philosopher who records images rather than words.” --Jess Freher-Lyons
Movement and transformation are persistent themes in my work. I didn’t actually reach this observation all by myself. My husband, Jess, brought it up in passing one day, assuming I was already aware of it. I wasn’t exactly...
What I am aware of is that I’m looking for the invisible underlying framework of the Universe I sense is there, but cannot see. But sometimes I can almost see it…just out of the corner of my eye, so briefly that it likely wouldn’t register at all if I weren’t looking for it. It’s the part where magic happens.
As we discussed this ‘grokking the universe’ subject, realizing it expands easily into an unmeasured enormity, Jess said something that made sense, and suggests what I’m reaching for when I do my art: “True art, when created with authentic presence, has the potential to evoke new meanings for each viewer who looks upon it with a clear mind and heart.”
This got me to dig out an older sentence of his that I’d written down in my sketchbook. It also speaks to what I’m doing with my art: “Every artist is a philosopher who records images rather than words.”
I'm learning more about my art, and from my art, every day. It's not so much a matter of skill or practice... mostly it's a shift in perspective, a way of shaping how I look at and exist in the world.
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