“After moments of real creation, when you give a great deal, you will become empty for a little while and feel despair. You will feel you have failed. You will not be satisfied – but the purgatory of struggle has to be loved. With me, I love the process of making the part, but after opening night, I am invariably in despair.” Richard Boleslavsky
One of my favourite artists is Belgian surrealist, Rene Magritte (1898-1967.)
Magritte was a member of the Surrealist movement active in
Europe from the early 1920s.
I am continuously inspired by his challenging works. He questions what we have been socialized to believe and what we see as reality on a daily basis. When you go about your daily grind, do you really see? Do you look at details where there are things you have never really seen? These images challenge the status quo on a visual level. Sometimes being jolted out of mediocrity is a refreshing reminder of our malaise.
I recently walked past this defibrillator Inside a cupboard on my way to the library and stopped to ponder it. It suddenly raised many questions. Had it ever been used? Why was it placed in a dark corner with a rubbish bin beneath? Since it was locked with a key, would the sick person be dead before the key man was found? How long had it been there? How many people knew how to use it? Were these people readily available? etc. etc. These ponderings are common to artists such as Magritte.
Here are some of Rene Margritte’s amazing works and above a piece I was inspired to do from them. These are all the result of stopping to ponder everyday objects, asking yourself questions and recognizing the relationship these have with other disparate objects.
“The path of humility requires the strength to let go of our need to control ourselves and our world and to recognize that indeed we are not the most powerful; there is something larger than us, and we must simply learn how to connect with this in order to find our true answers.” Brenda Shoshanna
These two drawing are of the same subject in reverse. You may think the top drawing is the best one but it is not. The second drawing was done in a state of purposelessness and came from my heart. Painting/drawing is not just for the sake of making pictures rather it ideally comes out of the unconscious. This is where the ultimate reality lies.
Why is the lower Zen drawing the better one you ask? It is because at first glance, the image is unrecognizable. Success! I have exploited the time between your first sight and your recognition of a human form.
I have also captured your attention for a short time. Success! I have confused you – this is the hallmark of a good drawing or painting.
“Sunk ‘without purpose’ in what he is doing, the artist is brought face to face with that moment when the work, hovering before him in ideal lines, realizes itself as if of its own accord.” Eugen Herrigel