In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that there is one message that I wanted the kids to learn as we celebrate the arts for the next three months.
The above quote pretty much says it all.
We are not the same. We are diverse. We have labels. We have very different stories.
But through artistic expression, we can connect on a very basic level of human emotion. We can understand each other’s story a little more even if we come from different backgrounds. We come together when we are uplifted or provoked by a work of art, a product of someone’s imagination.
I have been moved to tears and have had something stir deeply by art whether it be a ballet, a painting, a film, a piece of writing, or a song.
Art cannot be simplified into a functional purpose. Frankly, when it comes to my children’s creations, I don’t pay too much attention to the end product. I am mostly concerned about the process. Are they enjoying it? Can they experiment and love the thrill of using their imagination? Do the words or colours or notes come alive?
If you have been following me on this blog for the last six months, you know about my own journey back to visual arts. Half the time I don’t know what I am doing. But just showing up and making art because it brings me joy has healed me in so many ways. Sometimes I just copy art pieces that make my heart say YES and sometimes I draw to depict an experience where words aren’t enough.
We are all artists in some shape or form. I am sure of this. I see it in my own children, the need to express through one medium or another. When they do, the spark is lit within. The light shines as they wonder at the world again even when they face realities that make them lose hope. To create and to appreciate art is to be free. Free for that one moment to surrender to the mystery of this gift to humanity. Free to lose and to find oneself. Free to go below the surface and relate with each other on the most deepest level – as fellow humans trying to do the best we can on this little spinning planet in the middle of a vast universe.