Art and Essence

When I take the time to reflect and express my experience of creating  and my relationship to art I can authentically  say that art is integral to my nature, just as the scent seems to be integral to the essence of a flower’s nature. The meditative life that I have discovered seems to be so much a part of this way of art that I am emerged in and is no doubt enormously conducive to that creative drive. When I let go of the compulsion to plan or control my life artistic essence arises naturally and spontaneously. That authentic act of creation is not self-conscious. Something more vast than the self seems to take over. The intentional willful focus of that part that I refer to as the ego becomes passive. Its active presence can actually interfere with inspiration

i have no problem with assuming that art is a part of our human nature  as it is a part of mine and that it works in a similar way for us all. My understamding of art has more to with that what arises from, is connected to and created from  that part of us that is our essemce. We have come to live collectively in a forgetful way, this often becoming veiled in our daily lives.

A New Creation by Gord

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Author: Gord Clements

I find some satisfaction in the act of attempting to express my experience of life through painting, writing, language and other art forms. I have been painting for over thirty five years and combine my love of art with a meditative and contemplative way of life. I have an intuitive sense that true creativity is something that arises from beyond and through the self that can be explored and shared through some form of expression although I always hope to open to the influence of that which is beyond my limited sense of self.

5 thoughts on “Art and Essence”

  1. I’m currently reading Steps to An Ecology of Mind by Gregory Bateson. Have you read it? I think you would like it.

    Here is a quote from his essay “Style, Grace, and Information in Primitive Art” :

    “I argue that art is a part of man’s quest for grace; sometimes his ecstasy in partial success, sometimes his rage and agony at failure.

    “I argue also that there are many species of grace within the major genus; and also that there are many kinds of failure and frustration and departure from grace. No doubt each culture has its characteristic species of grace toward which its artists strive, and its own species of failure.

    “Some cultures may foster a negative approach to this difficult integration, an avoidance of complexity by crass preference either for total consciousness or total unconsciousness. Their art is unlikely to be ‘great’.

    “I shall argue that the problem of grace is fundamentally a problem of integration and that what is to be integrated is the diverse parts of the mind — especially those multiple levels of which one extreme is called ‘consciousness’ and the other the ‘unconscious’. For the attainment of grace the reasons of the heart must be integrated with the reasons of the reason.”

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