Is Your Art Filling In the Gaps?

Why do you create? At first you’ll respond with, “I create because I’m an artist.” That would be true for many but not all. However, I’d like you to take it a step further. Why do you create? Is there a story to be told? Did you have an experience that is seeping out of your pores and your art expels it from your body? Is it a celebration you want to share? There is something beyond just the fact that you’re an artist. We spiritual beings having a human experience; we’re all artists.

Romare Bearden shared, “An artist is an art lover who finds that in all the art he sees, something is missing; to put there what he feels is missing becomes the center of his life’s work.” The mind is powerful and is in a state of flux when there are gaps in experiences. We want wholeness, completion, and resolution. Our creative energies are expansive and strive to fill in the gaps. In fact, according to Bearden the gaps are our motivation and inspiration. The truth is that we can all spend the rest of our lives filling in the gaps.

The great thing about filling in the gaps is what we’re never without a catalyst to create. Art can serve as a means to making the necessary connections between ideas or feelings that are floating out there on their own. In London, when traveling on the tube, stenciled on the ground is “mind the gap”. What if you applied that saying to your own work? Being mindful of the gap brings awareness to your work. It allows you to share your inner healing and wholeness with the world and the Universe.

Bearden’s insight was profound. Exploring the gap allows us to develop a plethora or opportunities. We’re looking toward the future. The gap is a roadmap on your journey to bountiful. What will you do with your gap?

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5 thoughts on “Is Your Art Filling In the Gaps?

      • Well I defiantly feel that it is art that must fill in the gaps. I personally feel that mass media puts flashing lights to our eyes to blind us from the truth of our convenience. I believe that truth is suffering, they may distort it into comedy. But there is a terribly high cost for our prepackaged box life -till death do us part. SO when you try to fill in the gaps you must look in part at that truth, and when you do this you realize that you have been blinded and trying to see the truth hurts because we haven’t looked at it before. I feel that most people retreat to what they know, back to their programming, regardless of the cost. SO as far as the matrix in concerned it just reminded me of when Neo wakes into the real world seeing the reality of humans being used as slaves, then latter in the ship with Morpheus, Neo asks, “Why do my eyes hurt?” To which Morpheus replies, “Because you’ve never used them before.” lol IDK but I feel like bands like Dystopia, Rudimentary Peni, and Crass ext. well they start to open their eyes, the defiantly opened my eyes.

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