Thursday, June 24, 2021

Thursday Thoughts...

Art is the journey of a free soul. 

Alev Oguz

I wondered about the veracity of this as I skimmed over this quote, then returned.  I thought yes, that is definitely worth pondering.

I wondered at first, if only free souls can be artists? And what is a free soul anyway? Or is it that any art you see is actually just the journey of a free soul; not the intent of a free soul?  And then, is art the only journey of a free soul? Can a free soul do other things?

Perhaps it is just that art happens when you follow along a meandering path, one without too many boundaries and you are free to follow where the work leads you.

Perhaps it is hard to be a rigid artist one who is restricted and limited and not free?  

I do think that it's probable that free souls/spirits are more likely to explore and express and create; but I do somehow think that great art can also be made from within constraints and boundaries.  I guess however, that physical limitations and impositions are overcome by the free thinking or drifting of creativity - of a free soul perhaps?

Somewhat unresolved I must say!

But a beautiful work of art by Cai Guo-Qiang.


  1. perhaps this ... that our souls become free for a time if/when we immerse ourselves in making art

    1. I think that truly is it Liz - than when we are in the flow and connected and making work with our eyes and our hands - our spirits are free at the moment...

  2. "freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose"
    a line from 'Me and Bobby McGee' as sung by Janis Joplin on her Pearl album a long time ago

    1. That turned into an ear worm Mo! And perhaps yes, art can be the journey of somebody with nothing left to lose - to create and make just for the joy of it, not concerning themselves with how others may respond to it - the freedom to make and to be.


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