As we all know from debating the worth of a song, book, or painting, art is a subjective experience. I have often wondered what that intangible pull might be. In my own relationship to works of creativity, I have always felt that what makes art evocative is the spirit in which it was created. If, the artist is fully present and passionate about their craft, then that will translate into my relationship with it. Being in the flow and connecting to that force can make the artist feel like the work is channeling through them, and that sincerity is palpable.
Even though every artist has their own unique creative process, what unites them all is the need to take what is in their imagination and translate that into a medium that people can experience. The intentionality of wanting to connect to others in these ways puts the artist and the viewer or listener into a symbiotic relationship. Even if I never physically associate with the creator, my observing of their art means that we are energetically intertwined. So, as the photographer sees the beauty in their picture, as the painter commits entirely to their vision, as the writer is immersed in their words, so am I.
But some art comes from a different sort of inspiration. Not from what the artist is seeing or fantasizing in their mind, but from what they are dealing with in their actual lives. Often times, it is this type of expression that is the most moving. Especially when the subject matter is deeply intimate. Its almost as if the more personal someone is willing to be, the more universal the outcome.
I came across this blog called “the battle we didn’t’ choose” where a husband documented the last few years of his wife’s battle with breast cancer. The pictures are so beautiful and heart wrenching that it is impossible not to cry. He used his artistic talent as a photographer to tell her story in a way that was more compelling and tender then words ever could. It is so hard to relate to an experience that you have never had, yet seeing these pictures on screen spoke to me in a way that not only evoked my compassion, but also touched my soul.
I really commend him for creating him for his courage to share these images with the world. In the face of tragedy, his art is spreading a message.