Painting by Gerhard Richter
“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.”
~ John Lennon
By having the courage to stand for one’s own experience, one begins to give real being to the soul. Everything depends on the individual’s ability to stand for their own experience(symptoms, suffering and accomplishments) in the face of the world that gives these things no credit. — James Hillman
“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.”Marc Chagall
Art restores the world to its irreducible wholeness from the parcelling and privations of the mind. Art is a love letter to the world, address unknown. — James Hillman
This last week we went to Texas from San Miguel. We have been living in a modest apartment without my paintings and without Cynthia’s cooking accouterments, which have been in storage in Texas. We caught a ride with a friend whose visa was expiring, riding three abreast in his pickup that is decorated stem to stern with Mexican art. We were stopped by Mexican Federales once, but they only wanted to take pictures.
The trip took a week. We saw a lot of desert. Now we’re back, art is on the walls, the lighting in the apartment is improved from our lamps, and Cynthia no longer has to make do in the kitchen. Our life has a higher vibration all of a sudden.
I am stimulated and comforted by the presence of art even if I’m not making it. It’s not decoration, I don’t have to “understand” it. It just has to vibrate with something inside me. It’s a soul to soul communication. There is art that pumps out beautiful waves of energy around the clock. Certain paintings of mine do that for me. It’s hard to live without them.
Having these old friends on our walls means a lot to me
My body is aching from all the lifting and carrying up and down stairs, but my spirit is lifted to a higher level. It was worth the effort.
- Anima Fire is my publication