I feel like I should add something inspirational. I also feel like I haven’t used my English Degree to it’s full potential today, so I think I’m gonna do that 😉
My junior year of college, I took a really wonderful class about Willa Cather. Most of it went over my head, but I learned a great appreciation for flowery language and elusive concepts. In this quote, she’s talking about capturing life in art, and how hard that can be. Each piece of art is only the act of creating a mould to imprison life, even if only for a fleeting moment.
Quotes like this can be so powerful, especially for people creating art, and I think it is a true mark of an artist if they can capture life, even for a moment.Whether it be realism, abstract or the cute finger paintings a two year old proudly makes, that art holds feelings and creates meaning. Being an artist can mean so many different things, but if you’re wondering if you make the cut, take a step back and look at the prison you’ve made.
To all you normal people out there saying, whatever Emily, art doesn’t mean anything like that, anyone can be an artist. I want you to remember, there is a difference between documentation and art. You document your memories, you create art to capture feeling. And if you do it well, it becomes a beacon of life, “too strong to stop, too sweet to lose.”
So on this Wednesday, capture your memories, but don’t forget to make some art too. It’ll capture those feelings and hold onto life just a little bit longer.
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