A place to ponder Art and its possibilities
posted by "" at 12:34 PM
I found your space while doing a search for art blogs in the RVA area. I'm glad I stopped by for it allowed the opportunity to listen to the NPR audio you posted. I find louise bourgeois curiously fascinating - mainly her process of art-making as a therapeutic process intrigues me. I resonate with the need to encourage "confronting pain and shame" within so we can be our best. I've found when an artist is ready to engage that path, as a lifestyle, is when they slowly emerge from the shadow side of this archetype into the experience of illuminated awareness. The Shadow Artist never allows creativity to develop or thrive. It's ben my experience that when I'm in the shadow artist's domain I forget to CREATE a life big enough to breath into whole heartedly. The realization that life as an artist truly lies beyond the blank page into the personal art of living is the experience of freedom, the experience of creative living because you accept it's you that creates your life experience. It feels like Louise got that. at least it's my perception based off her face the pain comment. There's nothing sweeter than realizing you'll never escape pain in this life. It allows you to move out of resisting it and begin learning how to triumph -regardless! Instead of being invested in the suffering of it, you begin to invest in the tools needed to over come it. Where once you were interested in accomplishments and awards for the page, you're now set on creating your masterpiece! You now know how to create it. Your masterpiece becomes a series of moments entitled LIFE. You're in it for the long-haul and I think that's beautiful.
thank you for sharing your thoughtful observations, Stephey. Life is full of choises. Louise chose to follow her muse and was consequently a muse for so many others. I ran across an online article - the link escapes me, of interviews with artists who were fortunate to participate in her weekly salons. One of my few regrets is that I never participated in one of these. c'est la vie.
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