|Posted by John R. Daubney on December 1, 2010 at 9:20 PM|
I have long admired the artist, whatever the medium, and his or her dedication to revealing truth in their work, . In Those Who Walk with Fire, I was very fortunate to interview sculptor Bob Blood, vocalist Perley Rousseau, Cellist Ruth Alsop, playright Howard Meyer, and landscape architect Catherine Weaver among others who have dedicated their creative efforts to telling the truth as they see it, through their work. The artists are the truth -savers of the world. These are the people who live their days close to the bone of their existence. To create, they must be connected to that place where their art originates and where, as the poet Rumi states, "Remember the lips where the wind-breath originated." To create work-from-the-soul an artist must be connected to her truth, and to be connected to that truth, can sometimes be a very painful thing, because one is left with the decision to be uniquely and honestly yourself or to play safe and allow personal invulnerability or personal gain to cloud their voice and creativity.
When a dictatorship of any type comes to power it will early-on attempt to silence those who tell the truth about what they see and think because they know the artist can only create personally satisfying work when that work honestly expresses their inner reality. The artist is considered dangerous to the state. So the poets, writers, painters, musicians and their work must be protected and supported by us all if we are to remain a free society, true to its core values.
"In America, or in any country, greatness in art will not be attained by the possesssion of canvases in palatial museums, by the purchase and bodily owning of art. The greatness can only come by the art spirit entering into the very life of the people, not as a thing apart, but as the greatest essential of life to each one. It is to make every life productive of light - a spiritual influence. It is to enter government and the whole material existence so the essential influence, and it alone, will keep government straight, end wars and strife; do away with material greed.
"Any step toward such an end is a step toward human happiness. a sane and wholesome existence. "
Robert Henri (1865-1929), writer and artist, from his book, "The Art Spirit" copyright 1923.