Eternal Poet

Artistic Identity

In artists, identity, inspirational on February 10, 2013 at 7:00 am

You don’t have to know everything about art to be an artist. You just have to use what you like about it to create more of it.

It’s not humanely possible to admire every work of art since the beginning of time. You’re never going to watch every movie ever produced. Nor will you view every single painting ever made. You’re cannot read the complete works of every poet from every country. The same with the novel. You can’t physically do it in one lifetime.

Each year you come face to face with particular works of art and not every art piece. Have you ever wondered why?

Let’s begin with the observation aspect. You’ll observe a certain amount of the world’s art within your lifetime.  Yes, you are limited to enjoying artistic expressions. But i believe it is not an accident for you to encounter the art you encounter. i believe God has a hand in leading you to particular artistic expressions and not “all” art.

God wants you to reach the fullness of who you are. So He introduces you to art that will enhance your identity. God knows what’s best to inspire your expression and increase obsession for Him.

Let’s say a person dies having only watched one movie in their lifetime. That one movie was the only movie they were destined to watch. It was destined to shape their identity. Life cannot be life without engaging art. This process may be called Predestined Art. But it is not the same as predestination.

Artistic expressions surround every aspect of life. The amount of artistic expressions you encounter in a lifetime is called Predestined Art. Predestined Art is art that is destined to shape you. What if this person who watched only one movie in their life so happened to watch the worst movie ever made(i.e. Plan 9 from Outer Space)? How would it shape their identity? Answer: The way art shapes you is up to you. You can repel its message or go into agreement with it. You can’t take back a song after hearing it. You can only adjust your Artistic Identity to it. You can’t take back a movie after watching it. You can only be wise about how it influences your personal artistic expression.

Predestined Art is an umbrella term used to define artistic expressions you encounter in your lifetime. Predestined Art is not art waiting for you in the future. It’s not art waiting for you to engage it. It’s neither in the past or the future. It is a lifetime of collected expression. You have the right to be shaped by it in a positive or negative way.

Observe yourself. Are you drawn to a particular genre of music, painting, film, dance, architecture? Perhaps you admire a particular generation’s artistic influence. It could be from the 1800s or ancient Egyptian art. The fact is you’re attracted to artistic expression other than your own. You’re compelled to admonish other works of art. Why?

i am convinced it’s because of an inherent spirit-craving. i believe this artistic craving begins at birth. Your spirit hungers for art. Your Artistic Identity is shaped by the art you consume. You were designed to crave a particular type of art. Whether you crave poetry, film, dance, painting, sculpting, acting, architecture, etc., the fact is you must satisfy this hunger. Daily choices feed your Artistic Identity. It’s kind of like always wanting to be around a particular person because they make you feel more like you. You may telephone that person. You may desire to hang around that person more and more. You intentionally seek the presence of that person. The more you hang around a particular art, the more you become you!

You may be attracted to a particular art form. Whether painting, music, poetry, dance, filmmaking, photography, singing, sculpting, praying, acting –  you prefer one of these over the other. You crave one of these categories of art over the others. Since you take pride in what you do and what you love as an artist, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that you choose to add to your favorite artistic expression. It’s random or rare that you taste other art forms. And if you expand your taste, your art-buds aren’t the type to continuously crave the new flavor. Great artists master their craft. Few artists, such as Michaelangelo, master many.

Art is contagious. Artistic expressions expand from one sphere of influence into another. The more you learn one area of art, the more interesting become other forms of art. Let me explain this differently. When i was 20 years old, i heard “Strawberry Fields Forever” by the Beatles. After that song, i wanted to hear every Beatles’ song. This soon led me to learning the guitar. In a matter of months, i went from being a listener to being a musician, songwriter, singer, etc. Combining art forms into your Artistic Identity may result in creativity influencing creativity.

Year after year, you may be attracted to the same arena of art. Is it for comfort reasons you re-attach yourself to the same art form? i don’t think so. You’re designed to crave a particular art form. Diligently pursue what your spirit craves. Or else you will have avoided your Artistic Identity. You’re specifically designed by God to crave an artistic art form. Your craving is not yours but His through you.

You’re intentionally placed at this section of the Timeline. You’re intentionally designed to favor a particular art form. And since you were placed inside this generation, long after certain art movements and within a modern art of the era, it’s only obvious that you’re privileged enough to appreciate art from early mankind up until the present. But this privilege is for one reason only. It’s to usher-in Christ’s return.

Merge the historical Timeline with the world of art. You end up with a museum stretching as far back as Adam and Eve. The Timeline is the historical art museum. And you get to share in the gallery of Timeline Art. The world’s most coveted art can be viewed in a book costing less than $20. You can buy the history of art. Realize the privilege of being born on the latter part of the Timeline. It’s an honor to be placed here and now!

Another honor is being born on this side of Calvary. Psalm 139 speaks about how God placed you at this particular section in history. We were born after Jesus died at Calvary. We live in the age when the Holy Spirit is more active in humanity than ever in history. When compared to others who came before us, we were placed one step closer to Jesus’ return.

You have an obligation to your generation. You’re obligated to use inspiration gathered from Predestined Art to widen the pathway for Christ’s return to earth. Jesus wants us to participate in His return. As Jesus entered Jerusalem, people placed palm branches before His path. Some people even shouted “Hosanna”. This is the way i see art’s purpose. Let’s prepare the earth for Jesus by decorating it with art that He’ll adore. Let’s decorate the earth with art that will honor a King. Let’s give our best to the one who sacrificed Himself to save us. As we lavish the earth with Kingdom Art, we’ll cause Jesus to draw closer. We can do this by fulfilling our Artistic Identity.

We must pave the way for Christ’s triumphal entry into the new Jerusalem. In doing so, you won’t feel the pressure to know who’ll be the latest culture craze in the art world. You don’t have to hear every rock n’roll song, or see every play, or watch every film. No! The art you’ve encountered is enough inspiration to fuel your Imagination, stir your Spirit and activate your Mind. Your love for Jesus should be transfixed on wanting to glorify Him so much that you associate His love with your Artistic Identity. And when you merge both love for Jesus and Predestined Art together then you use art to pave the way for His return! And in the process you become the creative being you were meant to be in eternity! It’s heavenly. It’s Kingdom-now mentality. Aspire to achieve your Artistic Identity.

  1. I can see how this is true in my life. One particular lovely lady God place in my life was Diane Bashford. Such an artistic lady, she inspired me so much. She introduced color to my life at a time when thing seemed so black and white. Enjoyed your blog so much! It left me wanting to read more. So write Paul write!!!

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