Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Art as Reality
Art as reality. I'm a long-established "paint-slinger," and I've had people comment on my art that it looks so real it could be a photograph. Even my husband jokes that I've got cameras at the end of my fingers.
I say, "Thank you," politely, but there has always been a reservation in my mind: I don't think most photographs look that real. Great masters of photography, of course, are the exception, and I think it's not just the eye of the creator, but the soul, that in its perception of another soul, elicits the inward features that the camera cannot see. There is a gesture or a twinkle that captures the personality and character of human being, no matter how young or old. The same is true of landscapes, still lifes, flowers, and, as far as I know, abstraction.
There is a pull of enchantment that I can only see as ultra-reality. Magic is everywhere, and it's real. What do you think?