An artist Bryan Hansel on his website shares a summary of why he is an artist, “I’m me, so I art.”
Beauty and imaginative moments of viewing/experiencing some aspect of life revealing, challenging, disturbing, blessing, or arresting us can be taken as an instant of art doing its thing of re-presenting to us life in a distilled, refined, or surprising light. Art presents the possibility of seeing freshly even in the midst of our moments/periods taken by us to be the prosaic and rough and tumble stuff of life. All art is merely an opportunity to re-experience re-presentations of the expected, known, and seemingly given life material.
In this artists photograph the moon setting on a Lake Superior harbor town is like religious faith in the LIVING God who is always in all things re-presenting to us loving redeeming ways to re-experience our individual and shared lives. How many times have we all heard someone exclaim, “Oh look at the moon!” The “Oh” is so crucial to our lives – heart and soul stirred by surprising presence enlivening us. Sailors at night in need of safe harbor upon seeing the sought after harbor light exclaim “Oh!” How do you spell relief? How do you exclaim your “Oh’s” of life? Out of darkness the moon and harbor light shines! Open and See! OH!
Job 12:22: “God reveals mysteries from the darkness, And brings the deep darkness into light.”
Today see the light being revealed to you with and through others in all seasons of life and in all things. This artist proclaims: I must be me. One writer Descartes wrote a long time ago, “I think, therefore I am.” This artist shares, ” I’m me, so I art.” See this revealing, re-experiencing, re-presenting of life in God moments flowing through us ceaselessly. Open to this? Such openness is prayer-full art of God re-calling us to recall what’s essential. OH!
bryanhansel.com, Grand Maris, MN