I saw you on Between the Lines with Barry Kibrick and found you very interesting.
I want to do something for the greater good, can you help me find my way? To be honest, I’m not even sure what that means – but I do know that I want to be able to help others in a meaningful way.
an artist and although some people like my work and are sometimes
moved, I’m not sure that qualifies as a worthwhile legacy for my life
here on earth.
Where do I begin?
Thank you for your e-mail.
To quote Maria from The Sound of Music, “Let’s start from the very beginning. That’s a very good place to start.”
I think you should begin right where you are.
But it’s an uncomfortable place to be, isn’t it?
Would that you had a lofty goal . . . how much easier that would be!
example, if you knew that by 2010 you wanted to have your art in five
prominent galleries with proceeds from the sales raising $500,000 for
AIDS awareness . . . well, then you would have a compass bearing, an
orientation, and a specific goal to work toward.
However, you don’t have your direction yet and that’s what is uncomfortable.
So, another way answer to your question is that you should start by being uncomfortable.
wish I could be the guy to give you all the answers. But, as you may
have guessed, you are the only one who has the answers. Rest assured,
it’s completely appropriate that you don’t know them yet.
After all, you’re just beginning to form the questions!
The following is a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke:
to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books
written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They
cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a
question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the
question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find
yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
suggest the following prescriptive exercise, if you’d like to work on
it. Try writing out the words of the above poem once in the morning and
once in the evening every day for the next week. (And if you want,
check back in and tell me how it goes.)
course, should you find a path that works better for you – like making
a sculptural interpretation, dancing it out, or painting it – that
works too . . .
Be the artist that you are called to be.
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