How Artists Share Their Worldviews
Great artists can help lift the fog of consumer culture and lead us to a more enlightened worldview. When an artist has an important idea or an enlightened worldview to share, how do they do it? Well, of course there are many and they vary through time and by culture. In cave paintings, our ancestors depicted scenes from their lives, such as the animals they hunted. Contemporary Aboriginal art includes "dot painting" in which traditional Aboriginal colors represent specific objects such as yellow for the sun and brown for soil. These paintings evolved from pictures in the sand and many pertain to the Dreamtime. At the beginning of the twentieth century artists began to experiment with conceptual art. In these artworks the concept was as important as the physical manifestation of the artwork.
Ken Wilber is the most widely translated academic writer in America and a highly regarded philosopher. In an article titled, To See A World - Some technical points, Wilber explains how each artist paints depending on their worldview (Wilber, K., intergralworld.net). He states, "By in large, an artist in the a magical worldview will paint magical objects, an artist in the mythic worldview will paint mythic objects." My worldview is transpersonal. I am developing Pinterest "boards" to help me better understand the work of artists with this worldwiew. On one board I have juxtaposed impressionist, expressionist and Aboriginal art. This board includes paintings of Monet, Matta, Cezanne, van Gogh, Rothko, Wawiriya Burton and others. Exceptional transpersonal art can elicit transpersonal experiences in viewers and I want to understand the various ways these artists achieve this effect. On another board I've chosen photographs that are very awe inspiring. Awe, itself, can help to put one in a transpersonal state of mind. This board juxtaposes exceptional photographs of the natural world - some taken with space telescopes and some by exceptional photographers here on Earth. I find that juxtaposed images have a power that goes beyond that of the individual images. Check out these boards and see if you agree with this perception. Most of the artwork that I have shared on the Internet is representational. Even though many of my images can be categorized as being in the sci-fi genre, they contain elements that are rendered representationally such as mountains, water and sky. My intention is to capture a feeling-tone that reflects the meditative state I work in, thus enhancing the image's transpersonal aspect. The painting included in this newsletter is titled, "Huddle".