This is what I woke up thinking about… Paris happened. Lebanon happened. Syria happened. Lots of terrible stuff has happened recently. And it will keep happening.
And, how we interact with hardships/challenges is in our own hands.
The people who are trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?” – Bob Marley
I propose today that we artists ponder how we are changing the world with the creation of our work, and how we can make it a better place.
Art can inspire and change lives for the better. That’s why you became an artist – you’ve already been changed by believing that there is value in art. Spread that value, use it, share it.
Our artistic work matters.
If you are still questioning if art matters, make that list of films or TV shows that have stayed with you for years.
What were you watching in your formative years?
Your list is maybe more sophisticated than mine… but even something as silly as reruns of Gilligan’s Island totally impacted me as a child – I laughed and imagined a far away place in my mountain town in Virginia. My imagination was stirred – I didn’t even notice when the black and white shows were colorized. It was already in color in my mind.
The TV series reruns of M*A*S*H was how I first learned about Vietnam, and how to make laughs in bad situations. As an adult I can see how smart was the writing and how brilliant the actors were in those roles.
Sneaking into see Sixteen Candles when I wasn’t quite “legal” to see it gave me insight into what to expect at high school.
The Breakfast Club taught me that being an outsider is okay.
I learned about being too proud to be in love in Fellini’s La Strada.
Boys Don’t Cry educated me on a human need I had never considered or known personally. I can’t imagine the lives that film might have saved.
And the list goes on of the films that have impacted me…
What art has impacted you?
Oh yes, paintings! Seeing Georgia O’Keefe’s exhibit at a museum totally rocked my teenage artistic self. Something about the expression in her paint strokes, the muted bright colors (I repainted my bedroom the colors of New Mexico), and the lonely spirit of the southwest just really spoke to me. Picasso’s distortions, Matisse’s figures and colors, Louise Nevelson’s monochromatic sculptures… oh my gosh, art has made me melt.
The influence of art runs deep.
All of this art that we experience over a lifetime makes us who we are as humans and, of course, as artists.
Off the top of my head…
~ Gather artists together to create new work.
~ Ask how your art can inspire. (don’t discount comedy in the midst of tragedy, like A Beautiful Life or Saturday Night Live skits, or drama that others relate to, like Blue Valentine, The Danish Girl)
~ Talk about art with a young person.
~ Explore an art form that you have not yet experienced.(Screenwriting, sewing, pottery anyone??)
~ Praise an artist colleague.
~ Make art (film a scene, write something, rehearse)…and don’t judge it.
Please share your thoughts on how to work to change the world with your art.
Or, what art impacted you?
I would love to hear more inspirations from you all!
Much peaceful artistic love to you all,