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Sunday, 20 May 2012

Transformation



Most artists are brought to their vocation when their own nacent gifts are awakened by the work of a master. That is to say, most artists are converted to art by art itself. The future artist finds himself or herself moved by a work of art, and, through that experience, comes to labour in the service of art until he or she can profess their own gifts. Those folk who do not become artists nonetheless attend to art in a similar spirit. We come to painting, to poetry, to the stage, hoping to revive the soul. And any artist whose work touches us earns our gratitude. When art acts as an agent of transformation we may then correctly speak of it as a gift. A sane culture would have transformative gifts as an integral feature.  And it will have artists whose creations are gifts for the transfomation of the race.


"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." - Samuel Adams