Paying Homage to the Wounds Within
“Art is a wound that turns into light.”
― Georges Braque
For all the beauty and wonder in the world we all know first hand that it is paired hand in hand with equal portions of grief and sorrow. Clearly, the painter, George Brach, was well acquainted with the ten thousand joys and ten thousand sorrows that weight on our shoulders and lift us up.
I believe that every artist, whether famous or obscure, knows creative expression is an invitation to step over a threshold into a place of transformation and refuge. Art not only heals, it provides us with a practice which polishes our self-reflective mirror. The more we create, the clearer we are able to see who we truly are while discerning our place in this incomprehensible and miraculous world.
Don’t be afraid. Do not be afraid to express what you think and how you feel in ways that are filled with creative flamboyance, authenticity, and humility. Always abstain from harming others.
As broken as the world most certainly is, we must commit our hearts and minds to find ways to turn our wounds into spaces of true refuge.
You can rest in the knowledge that there is nothing to be fixed. All that is needed is a willingness to excavate the beauty that most certainly lies within your tender and precious heart.
Photo Credits: Equal Portions Shadow & Light by Susan J. Preston, Bosque del Apache, NM © 2020, all rights reserved
Technical: Fuji XT-3 | XF 100-400MM F4.5-5.6 R ML OIS WR
While we stand alone in a sprawling field of uncertainty, we are not powerless. Collect your creativity along with your intellect to create a sense of agency to do what needs to be done. Let your heart and mind be a compassionate fortress.
Moonrise at dawn from the boardwalk in the Bosque del Apache
I believe in embracing my duality, in learning to let darkness and light, peacefully co-exist, as illumination…