Monday, February 4, 2013
We humans are just so desperate for rules and for structure; so eager to do it "right," so terrified of breaking away from the accepted way of seeing or being, of making a mistake or coloring outside the lines. Which echoes -- yet again -- the beauty and wisdom of that incredible scene in Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, in the chapter called The Grand Inquisitor. The Inquisitor is talking with Christ (who is mute) and tells him that the freedom He offered His disciples with that one simple commandment to love was just a burden; that believers will always prefer the complex rule-based certitude of religion.
All the more reason to view painting as a spiritual practice: it's a perfect opportunity to practice embracing freedom...Of course, my husband tells me the solution may be simply to turn the original image upside down so I don't get so caught up in forms. Do you suppose that concept translates into religion and/or spiritual practice as well?
Posted by Diane Walker at 7:24 AM