“With all of the darkness in our world we need artists creating joyful things just as much as those helping to shape and change culture for the better.” ~ Shirley Jackson
Sometimes it slips my mind to enjoy the simple things in life. I have to remind myself things that may often be called “frivolous trifles” have their place in the world too. It’s taken me a while to realize that everything doesn’t need to be profound, that a message doesn’t always have to be made and that my work can be enjoyed for simply being. I once read that art should express more than just beauty. Although that statement has stuck with me, feeding a mild grade angst, I’m left wondering what’s so wrong with just expressing beauty? I can’t recall ever enjoying a sunset because the sun imparted to me some deep philosophical meaning to life. Nor has watching a butterfly flutter about transformed my understanding of existence. Such things were simply delightful and added a small touch of joy and pleasure to what can sometimes feel like a monotonous existence. I don’t think there’s any need for everything to be profound in order to be of value. That everything needs to convey some message in order to garner attention or needs to have meaning in ordered to be enjoyed. We wouldn’t have so many cat videos if that were the case.
We need things in our lives that are just beautiful and delightful to us. We need little pleasures in life that help make life worth living along with all the more profound and philosophical bits.
I’ve come to realize that I’m not so much in the business of creating art as I am in the business of creating delightful little things through art. Most of what I create won’t have much to say, if it says anything at all but I think that’s a good thing, it leaves room for others to create their own meaning if they want or just allows them to enjoy the simple pleasure of art. 😊