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Article : Think Digitally by Kirsi Salonen - Part 2
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Many artists create their images using their dreams as sources, also surprisingly many have learned to observe themselves so closely spiritually, so they apply their visions to completely absurd situations and are natural about it. There is no such thing as 'evil' in what happens in the human mind. But it surely can become harmful when our thoughts are pushed on the minds of others who have not had same experiences or gone through the same thinking process as we, the original creators, did. It is extremely important to understand this angle. This is one of the reasons why so many people say not to see a movie before reading the book.
People are visual creatures, they react strongly to what they see and they relate to the stories we put before them. These tales and scenes shape the reality that also inhabits subconscious levels. S o I'm asking, are you the right and justified one to show the dark and dismal future to someone who is still discovering the world in all its splendor? Can you live with the possible negative consequences your creations may bring? These questions require a lot of soul searching and good sense on self criticism.
So let your creations always be something you’ve really thought about inside out and always know what you're doing.
If we, as artists are unbound to anything, then are we creating the art we truly believe in and find meaningful? We can still explore the areas of the mind and see our children following and experiencing more ambitious visual settings.
Does our time give the freedom and means to let go of constant themes of war, hate, death, murder and spewing bloody demons, or is it something that is simply built in ourselves and it's just the way we mirror ourselves - our identities - today? We can certainly choose what to create, and also change perspectives and reconsider what we put out to the world. So let your creations always be something you’ve really thought about inside out and always know what you're doing.
There is so much beauty to found. The world would be a dark place without the beauty, innocence and purity of gentle images to balance the dark and chaotic images controlling the mainstream.
How much significance do you give to aesthetics? More importantly, how do you see it manifesting itself in your eyes?
There are thousands of books and sources available that teach different techniques, styles and categories on how to make beautiful and striking pieces.
What I'm asking is where does an artist look for a true originality and message that really makes a statement of his/her true expressions and thoughts? Where is the spiritual essence in art today? Where's the why instead of how?
Still, we must ask ourselves as we start another painting, sculpture or a story: Am I a shouting preacher, a numeric worker, a dictatorial god or a silent dreamer?
We all have so much potential to have a major effect on the way people look at life. We are the ones who paint the sceneries of the past, of today and of tomorrow.
The paths we take are long, many and slow. Even though the ground might seem to crumble beneath our feet at times and sceneries seem to swoop by us so quickly we can't even keep up with the clock. Still, we must ask ourselves as we start another painting, sculpture or a story: Am I a shouting preacher, a numeric worker, a dictatorial god or a silent dreamer? The world will respond to your choices whatever you may decide.
With best regards and peace to all, Kirsi
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