Sitting in Plato’s Cave- The Miracle of Artists
mired in the silhouette
before the shadows
Creation, in any form, is extremely rewarding, but also a significant challenge. Of course, creation applies to everyone. You don’t have to be an artist to be a creator. We all create the lives we live.
Artists, though, are acutely aware of the burden of expression, of giving meaning and substance to something.
Artists must exist in two spaces – the form-less and the formed. We hold in our minds and imaginations what could be, and we, bravely, try to convert these imaginations to the physical world.
Our existence in these two states can be fleeting, tangential, and sometimes difficult to grasp. The great idea that pops into your head on the drive home from work is gone by the time you hit your front door. The image that sparkled in your mind does not translate well to the paper and tools you have purchased.
As artists, we sit in Plato’s cave- holding and viewing the shadows, while at the same time attempting to bring the shadows to light and reality. Every act of creation carries this energy of manifestation. How wonderful are artists for being willing to engage in this manner.