What is Art?
Art communicates what we feel, it is storytelling through any medium. Art explores our heart’s corners, and displays the findings for others to sigh in agreement (or, sometimes, disagreement). Leo Tolstoy in his dissertation What Is Art? describes it in the best way:
“Art is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through, and that other people are infected by these feelings and also experience them.”
Art is extremely vulnerable. You’re letting someone else take a peek inside the crowded room of your heart and mind, the place where your experiences, ideas, hopes and fears dwell. There's no way around it. You either bare it all in full-blown authenticity, standing tall before every kind of response, or you play it safe behind your walls. Insecurities pretend to keep you safe. They don't keep you safe, they keep you hidden. And hiddenness produces shame. Instead, learn to acknowledge your weaknesses and, if necessary, change.
KNOWING YOU'RE ACCEPTED
Your best, most authentic, expressions will be created from a place of acceptance, not for acceptance. Creating for acceptance, approval, and affirmation will exhaust you. I don’t believe that a reality of full acceptance can be achieved apart from Jesus. When you recognize that you are fully accepted in Christ, you can create from a security that is immovable. Should you disagree, I still sincerely hope that these thoughts about security and acceptance encourage your creativity.
Create from a place of acceptance and you can:
Be brave with your art
You can forsake that frenemy of yours–fear! You can be confident that you are enough as you create, insecurity is longer the leader of your art.
- Take risks and “fail”
You can try new things and discover from your experiences what works for you and what doesn't’t.
- Grow from criticism
You no longer have to fear what people will say. You can take every remark into consideration and then keep what is helpful and discard what is hurtful.
- Blaze your own trail
You don’t have to copy what by nature would be inauthentic to you. You are free be “weird.”
- Find meaning and purpose
You can pursue purposeful expression and forsake the debilitating obligation of creating art to please others.
May you have the courage to push forward in the face of fear and discover how beautiful, loved, and accepted you truly are. From there your art will blossom in a freedom you never knew was possible.
Nia is our social media + web content coordinator, as well as a worship leader and writer. She is fascinated with art and the powerful vessel it is for the Gospel. Learn more about Nia.