Art is about SYNTHESIS.
It is about channeling lots of things into a SINGULARITY.
The singularity is what art is.
Ergo, making art is a form of simplification.
Making art is a practice of reductionism or in other words it’s a distillation of many many factors, and endless choices. It is the essence of choosing and refusing.
Art is ALCHEMY…
In essence it is a type of cooking! Ingredients x time x heat = food.
They say “A picture paints a thousand words”. What if we only need to say ten? Well that’s the art of minimalism, but those words are chosen carefully and there are many that didn’t make it into the sentence.
Yoda was a minimalist. There was no frou-frou and he always structured his words wisely.
Clearly art is a form of communication. I’d say it was also a form of communion. Yees, I was brought up a catholic but, I like to think of the spirit, not the religion of things like that.
Communion is about sharing, deeply of the spirit of…well…love. What else is worth sharing?
So we can say a lot with art; art condenses a lot of words.
MAKING ART then, IS AN ACT OF LOVE
Yay! I’ve got about eight or nine carrier bags all taped up (important tip for de-clutterers) by the door and ready to go to the charity shop tomorrow. It was tough but the moon was obviously in the right place because it was possible.
Many days I just go into a needy daze of attachment and can’t bring myself to get rid of anything. My nan (who lives with us now) commented on my endeavours saying I wouldn’t have anything left. I couldn’t explain how wrong she was. Not only have I got a tonne more clothing I’ve actually got some space too! ha!
Even my friend has got on the letting go path but she ruined it somewhat by offering me her dresser…oh now I’ve got to consider it and the possibilities of where it could go. I’ve still not sorted out the furniture collecting, obviously. But it’s all a jolly good start and I’ve got some new updated stuff coming from eBay this week to replace all the worn out stuff I inherited years ago.
Well I didn’t say I was going to achieve this overnight and anyway, minimalism isn’t about living with tatty stuff! Justify, justify. I’ll get over it one day.
Over and under