Finding Purpose

(**Read below for details about a multimedia art exhibit showcasing yours truly!!!)

I have old Paintings stacked up in the basement. I have earrings and necklaces that I crafted piled up in the guest room. I have unfinished paper mache teacher samples sitting on my computer desk and doodles in every notebook you find laying around the house. In these objects, I’m reminded that sometimes the sole purpose of art is to create. Nothing more, nothing less. What happens to the piece after its made is irrelevant and the purpose is the act of making.

Dream Catchers in Progress

But other times, an artist requires more. The purpose of art should always be rooted in the creative expression found at one’s core, but sometimes the ending purpose needs to go beyond making. Maybe the purpose is as basic as the artist’s needs to feed themselves and pay the bills, or just that their paintings deserving a better home than a basement with the constant threat of water damage.

Whether the sole purpose or not, art making is always a process. It begins with planning, and then requires the manipulation of materials. Some materials, such as clay or metal, naturally mandate very specific processes, while others allow for more freedom, but nevertheless process proceeds any finished product. And while at times, a finish product is enough, for me, as an artists, I believe the purpose of making goes beyond the end piece. The purpose that someone else finds in my work is just as important as the work’s existence. The responses that are generated from another person experiencing my art, in functional or non-functional ways, complete the pieces and give them purpose. Hang one of my dream catchers over your bed to chase away your negativity, run your fingers over the curves of one of my sculptures to feel its heartbeat, experience the moment as you drink from one of my vessels—and give my art purpose.

The artistic process is extremely important on its own, but sometimes the search for purpose goes beyond the creation of something kept to oneself. There is an innate need to create within each of us, but there is also an innate need to be exposed to the creativity of others. Art is a social construct and perhaps a deeper purpose is found in the intermingling of the ideas and the aesthetics that it provides; because when art is shared, it brings people together.

Whatever your purpose, whatever your process, may art and creativity, in any form, be something that you take from the world—and give back to it.

 

It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it, maker and beholder meet.” ~Kojiro Tomita

Artwork by Valentin Rekunenko

Artwork by Valentin Rekunenko.

 

 

**This Saturday, (August 13, 2016), I will be exhibiting some of my work at the LightClub Curiosity Shoppe in Sugar Loaf, NY during Sugar Loaf’s Second Saturday Art Walk.

The walk starts at five, but most of the fantastic artisan shoppes that Sugar Loaf is famous for will be open all day.  Come enjoy the day, the atmosphere, the stores and the art walk!

Here is the event page for my show: Finding Purpose.

Hope to see you there!

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