The World needs each one of us, to be an artist. To think, like an artist. Now.
Ok I admit it. As an artist, I am biased.
However, no-one can deny times are exceptionally unique. Many of us haven’t seen any major world changing events in our lifetimes. The coping strategies for This, may just seem to escape us.
Some of us might feel unfocused, scattered. Unable to move out of the canvas.
Artists are uniquely placed in this current situation. Most of us have had to become very tenacious people. For one reason or another.
Plus, we are on the whole, fascinatingly resourceful, resilient and quite inventive.
We constantly, much to the bemusement of our non-art friends, view Every thing as if it were an unresolved puzzle. Part of some canvas that we need to make whole and balanced, ‘fixed.’
We’ve always mentally challenged our selves to find the skills or ways to get the job done. Or even… to Invent methods, if that’s what we need to do! Our compulsion to make the current Canvas more harmonious and unified doesn’t allow our minds much off time.
The canvas we are staring at, may have small niggling issues. Or may have horrific near impossible fissures, we can’t fathom how we are ever going to resolve.
But, I so often say, “Its just not yet, resolved.”
In other words, do not despair. Do not quit. Don’t give up and lose heart. Leave it for another couple days or so, if needs be. Then look again with a rested, fresh eye. Things, look different then.
We artists, seek the harmonious balance. We are driven to bring all the parts together into Unity, into Wholeness. In a sense, into Wellness.
You may think, initially being ‘an artist’ is a solitary, self indulgent activity.
But, when we delve further, into the ‘why’ of these things, we discover it is inextricably linked to our desire for community. Our need for connectedness. Our drive for unification and harmony in the world we live in. We express these things with others using art as the communication form.
I feel this is the opposite of selfish. Even though most of us must spend a great deal of time alone in the pursuit of our artistic creative activities.
Most artists, are in their own way, expressing and communicating pathways in which the community might connect together harmoniously.
With the current ugly Corona virus canvas we are faced with, we artists – are thinking.
We are imagining. We are inventing new skills and different strategies.
It is not an over night process. We don’t just ‘wake up’ and Voila! all is well.
We don’t have “on” button that we push and are ready to go with bright ideas, full of sunshine and energy.
It does, take us time to process this cataclysmic event with a magnitude we have never seen.
So, Yes. It is ok to take a bit of time to wrap your head and emotions around the Corona canvas.
But as Artists…. we are, thinking.
Trying to figure out skills and strategies to better resolve the biggest canvas we have ever worked on before.
Artists. Are lucky.
We have a habit. This very process of thinking in terms of How to Resolve a Canvas, stands us in very good stead. We don’t feel quite so, paralysed. At least not for as long.
We are conditioned to look at a canvas, assess the strong areas and its weak areas, then brainstorm techniques to mitigate the weaker areas.
Each of us can do this.
I ask, each of you, to encourage someone else, to Be… an artist too.
In words, music, images, paints, in sheer Imagination.
World Needs Artists’ Way of Thinking
The World Needs, each of us, to dig deep.
To find our hidden artist inside.
That creative resourceful tenacious community minded being, that won’t rest until the Corona canvas has been mitigated. Balanced. And the canvas of the global community brought back into a semblance of holistic wellbeing and unity.
BE. The Artist You were meant to be.
We need you.
We can’t sleep through this.
We can’t stick our heads in the sand.
We must be creative.
We must be thoughtfull.
I want to leave this post with a link on a quote from a University of Sydney study by Professor Mikhail Prokopenko.
He stated that 80% of the community must quarantine for the virus to be controlled.
70% will see failure.
Person in 10 makes ALL the difference.
make a difference