Pearls from artists* # 63
* an ongoing series of quotations – mostly from artists, to artists – that offers wisdom, inspiration, and advice for the sometimes lonely road we are on.
The artist’s job is to get in touch with the dark places of the soul and then shed light there. Sharing the process with others is the point. Within the context of our post-Cold War, post-9/11 climate, shedding light in newly fecund dark places is a valuable activity. The dark places of the soul that haunt our dreams are understandably matched by a tendency to shut out the issues with the busy work of the daylight hours. But without looking into those dark places, as Carl Jung suggested, we will lose touch with our essential humanity.
Anne Bogart, and then, you act: making art in an unpredictable world
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what is “essential humanity” if not compassion brought into a deeper role – the sensitivity and intelligence to feel empathy, the pain of another or undertanding of another (as cause or as the victim) as if inside oneself. Most people recognize my paintings as ‘dark,’ whether they have a darkened twist or a diabolical sense or a twist of humour that seems ironic or seems to go a bit deeper (like unsmiling subjects, closed eyes, missing necks, intensities, etc.).