Artful & Crafty

Artful & Crafty, photo by Roger Vincent Jasaitis, Copyright 2013, All rights reserved,
Artful & Crafty

“All art is an imitation of nature.” ~ Seneca (5 BC – 65 AD)

In thinking about where our creativity comes from I recall this quote from Quaker author Brinton Turkle; I think you must obey your inner drives and inner urges; they are God-given. If you are obeying this and listening to the voice within you which tells you to paint this picture, to write this book , to make this pot or sculpture, then it will respond to that of God in other people, because I believe that God is directing this creative urge.

I think out of chaos, and only out of chaos, can come creativity. If you begin to order things and put them in pigeonholes, you may organize things until there is no creativity left in them . I think this is a true danger. I think people should trust this divine chaos: the things falling apart, the things not working. I have found in my own experience that very often out of this comes some most unexpected and surprising results…

Nature is supreme chaos, and supreme order…depending on how you look at it. As we project the artful & crafty nature onto the fox, we are simplifying it and making order out of chaos. But nature has the last say and the fox will do as it will…

And so in art, we make order out of chaos and pull meaning out of the cosmos. All art is abstraction from nature.