Art has a special place during difficult times, and this is one of those difficult times. Art is needed now more than ever during this coronavirus pandemic.
To create art is to come alive. It’s to be alive. It’s right there, in the process of living.
Too much? I don’t think so. I think art is a creative process, and isn’t that what living is? We’re all making it up as we go along. We all don’t know anything for sure. That reminder is especially valuable now as we navigate this coronavirus pandemic together.
Now is not the time for fear. Fear can’t create art–and if it can, it only can create very weak art.
Higher emotions like hope and joy–they can create great art. And that’s what we need. Of course, we need to meet our basic needs. But societies always band together to do that. It’s a given. What’s not a given is how we preserve our collective art. It’s as if it doesn’t matter at all.
But it truly, truly does. Art can save us from ourselves. It can make us forget our small concerns. It can remind us that there is so much in the world that we don’t understand, that we were never meant to understand.
When we experience art, we suspend our anxiety for just a moment and consider a new point of view.
That’s what we need right now. We need to remember our intrinsic value.
Art can be a pathway to that important reminder.
I really felt moved to write this. I hope you enjoyed it. I hope it helped. Please forward it to a friend if it did.
Stay safe this Friday,