Linda Hoye has a lovely site and I am honored to be a guest today. She asked me to write on the relationship between art and life. Here is an excerpt:
When I think about the relationship between art and life, I think about the story Howard Ikemoto told. “When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college – that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, ‘you mean they forget?’”
Drawing, painting, building forts, and playing make believe are just some of the creative acts intrinsic to childhood. As we get older we leave these acts behind. We let the voices of the world steer us toward responsibility and productivity and away from some of the most important parts of life – passion, curiosity, and creativity.
As a young girl, I remember being under constant scrutiny. Peers, teachers, parents, and strangers all watched to see if I fit, measured up, or was on track toward achieving what they felt it was important for me to achieve. I was paralyzed for a time – doing my best to color inside the lines. In retrospect, it seems that my education was about teaching me everything I needed, except how to be myself.
I think many people, by the time they hit adulthood, are afraid of being themselves. Doubts plague them and … click here to see the rest of the post.