Tuesday, April 8, 2008

There's a Blaze of Light In Every Word

Makram said...

In your book, Chasing Twilight, you begin to explore the role of the artist. Can you say what you consider the role of the artist in society to be, and why you write?

Thanks for the question, Makram. For as long as I can remember, I have written down words that allow me to feel the joy of living in one form or another. I was probably 10 when I put it into the form of a poem and thought about the experience of another reading my words. I have also pondered the divine for just as long. Between the ages of three and seven, my family lived near a large and beautiful church in the Midwest US. I would sit in that church for hours, fall asleep, and the nuns would chase me home.

I believe that the artist inspires our imagination with the works of art that they create. This inspiration can be anything from titillating interest to awakening imagination. We can be inspired in unity or separation but ultimately we are all one expression of the divine, as we are reminded by timeless works of art. It is here that the artist plays a role like no other because our awakened imagination is the key to how we create our reality. We are moved to include new possibility on the foundation of our current belief, and invited into our highest potential. The artist guides us through this movement with an inspiring work of art, transcending the separation between the artist, the work of art, and he who appreciates and allows the inspiration. In this unity process, we awaken. Molly Brogan


Morgan said...

This is the awe I feel sometimes when I look at something beautiful.

Dave King said...

I hope that final paragraph is not some sort of job description for the artist. If s/he is expected to do all that, then stop the merry-go-round, I'm getting off!

Greta blog, though.

Morgan said...

Your character in Remember Me, Mary Margaret, has a lot of imagination. And yet, she is never happy. You say imagination is the key to how we create our reality. What does that mean?

Molly Brogan said...

Thanks for your comments, Dave. My thoughts on imagination are not meant as mandates for artists. I think that above all, each artist is moved by his own desires and emotions whether they are joy or angst. Those of us who appreciate a work of art are also moved in our own way according to our make up. I do think that somewhere in the process, the art, artist and appreciator become one, without effort on any one part. More like spontaneous combustion when all elements are present - and the fire is exquisite.

I like your post too, Morgan. It's great to hear from you again. Let me give this some thought before I post. It is a huge question and I will need to carefully put the answer into blog format. Thanks. Molly Brogan