Monday, September 28, 2009

But, art? What does it mean?

I've just finished reading a stunning Jeffery Overstreet essay about the Martin Provost film Seraphine. Read the essay here.

I mention the essay because Overstreet, who confesses to being "astonished to tears by a painting", beautifully relates what art means -- both to those who make it and those who can't live without it. He writes:

"Art, if we look closely, can fine-tune the undisciplined instruments of our minds and hearts, thus helping us see life-changing revelations beyond the canvas."

He concludes by weaving into the inspiration that art is Emily Dickinson's words about "stand[ing] ajar to welcome the ecstatic experience".

Art. What we experience, after all, is God's own creation.

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