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I thank God that our world isn't like the popular '90s teen flick, She's All That, in which the artists stick out like a socially-disturbed, sore thumb. Today, artists come in all shapes and sizes, all colors and demeanors. But what unites artists (serious artists) is the drive to share their art. What would the world be like if Michelangelo, Kurt Cobain, Isaac Watts, or Sylvia Plath had chosen to keep their art to themselves?! The world would be at a tremendous loss.
I'm sure you feel flattered that I compared your art to these amazing artists. Most of us won't have the impact that these artists have had but we all have the ability to positively affect the world through our art, if it's 1 person or 1 million people.
What makes art so amazing is that we are able to feel emotions and see truth in a new way that we've never been able to before. Good art takes the spotlight off of the artist and puts the spotlight on the beauty of truth. For the longest time, I feared sharing my art because I couldn't stand having it be criticized. I do believe that there is some art that is just for the artist. I use art to process my emotions and specifically when I'm going through hard times. But even that can help others who might hear/see/read it.
We find meaning in art and it might even be something different than the artist had intended. A painting can mean 10 different things to 10 different people. But, once again, the spotlight is taken off of the artist. As a Christian artist, my desire is that the spotlight be taken off of me and that the art would be a platform to make much of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I'm reminded of 2 specific passages in Scripture:
Matthew 25:14-27 tells the story of rich man who gave his talents (gold or silver) to 3 servants while he was away. Two of the servants invested and doubled their talents but one servant buried his talent in the sand, wanting to keep it safe. When the rich man returned, he was very pleased with the two servants who doubled their talents and he was very angry with the servant who buried his talents.
This story communicates the importance to grow the talents that have been given to us. If it is cooking or painting, prophecy or teaching, each of us are to be faithful with the gifts that have been given.
1 Corinthians 12:12-31 is a passage that compares the church to a body: all different members working together and depending on each other. If the mouth refuses to eat then the whole body will die, if the heart refuses to beat then the whole body will die, if the lungs refuse to breath then the whole body will die.
These bible passages lead me to three convictions about art:
I have simple and practical steps to conclude:
To the artist who is creating - set sharing goals for yourself. Just like a runner will run a race, set a goal and have some one hold you accountable. Start a blog, join a club, play an open mic, share with 1 friend or with 50 friends.
To all of us - be encouraging and welcoming to these artists. Be blessed by their gifts. You don't need to be an intellectual to be blessed by some one's art.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
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