Thursday, September 16, 2010
I don't think I've captured Eve's likeness here . . . I tend to idealize things:
people & objects into my idea of them rather than how they are. I'm working
on that but it does bring to mind all the other things in other facets of my
life that I probably endowed with qualities that weren't really there. Can
I even be a judge of what is really "there?" As a painter or any kind of artist,
are we creating or observing? More than likely, both, but I've listened to
instructors say "paint what you see." I believe they're being honest but
suspect they "see" with more than just their eyes. They've developed a
faculty that the rest of us are just beginning to comprehend. I heard a piece
on NPR about the deaf . . . that they "hear" through vibrations in their bones
and even cells, that hearing isn't just a matter of functioning ears. Laurie
Anderson experimented with this in the eighties.
As a junior in college, I volunteered to shepherd a freshman art student who
was blind. She wanted to paint and I wanted her to sculpt, where I thought I
could actually help in developing her artistic abilities. She insisted on painting
which I thought was a waste of her time and mine. I think of her often---Naomi.
I wish I had a clue then about "seeing" without eyes. I might have done a better
job at helping her visualize the marks and colors she made on the canvas and
helped her to organize them in her own realm of visualization. She was blind from
birth, and it strikes me now that Naomi could "see" in her mind. Her
stubbornness about painting had a wisdom I couldn't understand at the time.