June 7, 2014

Art, a Definition / Creativity, a Manifesto. ~ Victoria Watts & Hannah Harris


Art Is

Truth, not as defined by fact, but as revealed through life experiences.

Used to communicate when even the sincerest of words fail.

A brave survivor of time’s appetite. When all else has ceased to be—people, wars, entire civilizations—art lives on for the generations to come.

Beauty uncovered through the expression of the human condition.

The greatest of joys and the deepest of sorrows laid bare.

The beautiful, the grotesque, the strange, the familiar, the frightening and the comforting.

The communication of souls.

The aesthetic manifestation of life experience.

A means through which the intangible connects with the physical world.

God’s voice, spoken so humans may comprehend it.

Love in its purest form.

A true connection of our 3 parts: mind, body and soul.

An adventure on which mind, body and soul are all invited.

Simultaneous pleasure of mind, body and soul in a single moment.

“What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience?” ~ Rollo May

And so, dear Creators:

May we be brave enough to make our art.

May we recognize that a society that devalues imagination is a society that is starved and dry, pale and drained.chaos face geometry math

May the fear of giving up our expression always be greater than the fear of disapproval, financial instability, rejection or mockery.

May we learn to tend and nurture our Muses, nourishing the place within from which creation is birthed.

May we approach ourselves with grace and patience in the times when inspiration and illumination shrivel and refuse to stand in the light.

May we support each other in this work, cherishing with joy the creation-babes delivered to us by our fellow creators.

May we, in the pursuit of our ideals, remember and relearn the smiling resiliency of childhood—no matter the degree of regulation from the outside and or the fierceness of fear from the inside.

May we, eventually, learn how to say no to the endless requests to work for free. Let us stand strong and sure in the conviction that making art is a right, not a privilege.

Together, forever, let us move without apology in the direction of our creation.

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.” ~ Ayn Rand

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Editor: Renée Picard

Photos: Author’s Own/Pixoto

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