SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: What does art as a life raft mean to you? Can you share a personal experience of a time that art transformed you? What creative endeavors have helped in healing you?
For me, art comes primarily from the right brain. When I hang loose, tune into my intuition, my primary process, my fantasies and free associations, I'm in the realm of art. I'm not very artistic in music or drawing, but I do see myself as sometimes creative in my expressing myself verbally or in writing, and when I am, those are artistic experiences for me. During those experiences, I am spontaneous and surprise myself. Such creative artistic expressions are a life raft in that they keep me from drowning in dead water. They keep me alive. They are a life raft that breaks the humdrum or hypnosis of the expected way of seeing things and introduces my blip, my point of view, which is freeing and transforming for me and sometimes also for others around me. I am more alive and whole during such experiences, and they help me heal.
Art is sometimes salvation. Two and half years ago I opened a community art studio so any can find- peace, release, acceptance, self worth, creativity and joy. Art was and continues to be my 'zen' and I love giving others an accepting creative place to explore and find theirs.
"Art", one way of documenting things, in life..... seed questions: 1) ..when you have trouble expressing yourself with words, for any given reason... 2) in the fourth grade, when we went to the museum and the immpressionist works were on exhibit, and I felt like I belonged to something when I saw them, 3) I love how it feels when a make a stroke, with a brush, just in general; all the time.
One day many years ago I exited the building where I was working at the time, and stood waiting to cross the street and hurry to some meeting. There was a lot of traffic and I was watching the cars pass. Then, from one car, came the sound of a soprano voice singing some hauntingly beautiful aria. At that moment, the world fell away, everything fell away and it was a moment of pure, pure bliss and heaven. It pulled me from the street pavement and made me wake up fully in those few moments. The day was completely changed..... Grateful, grateful for art and beauty.
Beautiful and can deeply connect
To me, all art is perfect
Art gotta be on every bucket list
Methinks each one gotta be an artist :)
The act of expressing my inner reality has helped me keep sane in my darkest hours - and art to me is one of the most beautiful things that makes us human.....Artists are sensitive souls who choose to challenge, question, express and articulate in a language beyond words....
Art is the way....to me life is itself a work of art (a post modern multi-media installation, typically Untitled)
Yes. I agree :)
Art IS a life raft, not only for ourselves but if we share our creativity it is a life raft for others too. As a Cause-Focused Storyteller, I have used Story to build bridges between peoples, to offer healing, to resolve conflicts & I have shared my own wounds (being bullied in school, challenging childhood, health challenges) in order to serve others to know they are not alone in their life experiences. This reaching out enlarges the life boat so that the healing extends beyond us. There have been so many experiences where art transformed me; whether my own art or the art of another reached into me. As a teenager Theatre saved me, it was a wonderful vehicle to transform the pain. lonliness & discomfort of a dysfunctional homelife (my father was severely depressed, often out of work & tried to kill himself 5 times before I was 22, my brother turned to alcohol & my Mother although she did the best she could was not really present for us two teens). Theatre was a refuge, a place where I could become anyone I wanted to & I could also touch other's hearts. At the same time watching others perform & seeing how theatre could transform a painful situation into something useful was healing. Today as a Storyteller, I use sharing my own stories, Traditional Stories & stories of resilience from others who lived through challenges & came out the otherside as a way to offer healing and hope. Sharing my own journey through body image issues & bouts with Depression have served to lift others too & have released the shame/secret from within. Thank you for posting this article! HUGS from my heart to yours and here's to ART serving as a Life Raft for so many.[Hide Full Comment]
Art has been a connector and refuge for me. My father was a poet and devotional singer. He was singing from his heart. His poems and singing evoked deep feelings in us and moved us. He was the the song and he was the music.The listeners became one as it were. The devotional music was an emotional and spiritual experience for us. I feel the same way when I listen to devotional music touching my heart.
As a young man, when my heart was broken, poems and songs that resonated deeply with me, helped me feel my sadness deeply and fully. It was a very therapeutic experience for me. And when I found the love of my life, poems kept pouring from my heart and our life felt like a song. And when I lost the love of my life, the devotional music that I used to listen to when I was a child came back and held me in the loving hands of my father. I feel the comforting, soothing and inspiring energy by listening to devotional music and heart touching poems.
Jagdish P Dave