In previous posts, I have written about the Sacred, art and communication. I believe that God speaks through both the artist and the art. Sacred art – painting, Gregorian chant, sculpture, religious architecture, symphonies, stained glass windows, Greek Orthodox icons or Zen gardens – art speaks to me of the Sacred beyond my senses.
To share another’s vision or to hear another’s voice can also be a Sacred and profound experience.
I’ve shared Van Gogh and Monet. Today, meet Georgia O’Keefe (1887-1986). She is known as the “Mother of American Modernism.” Her bold, frequently huge canvases are as nontraditional as her life and her lifestyle. I honor what she saw and her courage to share it with us.
“I found I could say things with colors that I couldn’t say in any other way-things that I had no words for.”
“I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me — shapes and ideas so near to me — so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn’t occurred to me to put them down. I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.”
“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.”