Tuesday Feb 25, 2003

Where is your Attention?

I ran into an artist at my local Starbucks last night. He invited me to join him and two other artists to exhibit in a show. We agreed to discuss the details later.

“What are you trying to say in your art?” he asked.

“I’m not trying to say anything,” I said.

He winced.

This is, of course, one of several fundamental questions every artist must ask of himself.

I explained myself: “Art from the soul—my art—appears in the material world for no other reason than to be. My artwork arrives without motive as it is a physical manifestation of the divine. What the art has to say is up to the art viewer who must work as hard as the artist to complete the picture.”

“You are more intellectual than I am,” he said.

“It could sound that way. My aim is to be precise in my meaning.”

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