Okay, here goes…This may be my first official conversational piece, okay it IS my first (yes, it’s taken me this long to get here). After recent insightful conversations, many years of festering and again prompted by something another posted recently, I feel compelled to write this.
First, I will start with interpretation. As “writers” or “artists” we create many things, paint pictures with words or colors but no matter what the medium, it is a creation. I often find it funny when people seek approval for such work or feel the need to give approval. While others search for a textbook answer on how a piece should make them feel or how to interpret. Here’s the thing, oh yes! I said it, there’s a thing. IT’S ART!!! We cannot leverage the thoughts of Aristotle and his philosophies no more than we can ask Monet, Picasso, or Van Gogh to explain their paintings much less the meaning of. It should make you feel and the great thing about it is, everyone will be compelled to feel something different. Much like emotion ties into one’s perception and effects a memory or skews it in a sense. How you interpret a poem, a picture or sculpture and even a song, is solely yours to embrace.
Secondly, despite the source of musings that which created a piece of art or evoked something within the creator, it is their truth to keep. Understanding the artist or the inspiration only limits the true potential of what it can become to others. Most of the time when we find out the truth behind something that perhaps made us feel so deeply, we find ourselves greatly disappointed. Why ruin that? If it made you feel, made you think, why would you diffuse such a beautiful thing? Again, as a “writer” I (and I can only assume, others) have an ability or a sense for things outside our own being. Artists can depict motion or the feeling or essence of. Does that make them “motion”? The answer here is, no. I have a tendency to write or channel emotions or the likeness of another. So while I can write from various perspectives, in today’s society, I must BE that which I write. This is not the case. But because there is a growing need for transparency, we are asked…are you okay? What does this mean? Did I do something wrong? Is this about me? Sometimes truth be told, WE MAKE IT UP! [Insert gasp of astonishment here] Some are able to draw from the energy of another, a memory or by something viewed or experienced. But that should never take away from what one can feel from something expressed or writen. Must you know if I was suffering inwardly or outward to feel something yourself?
Third, labels. WHY are we so obsessed with labeling everything? Who deemed dominance as “dark”? Who says speak of mystical forest creatures is “whimsical”? Who decides “God” is good or even the very definition? What makes something religious or spiritual versus simply insightful? When we decide to label the work of others, it pigeonholes that piece into a single foreseeable category. And consequently, may also offend (what doesn’t offend people these days) the work of the artist/writer. And while I feel everyone should have an opinion (preferably formed on their own) the work of another should not be publicly scrutinized but accepted as a form of freedom. I’m no stranger to this world or to the likes and dislikes of others. And while you may feel the need to criticize, stop and think for a moment. Maybe ask a question, open dialog. It’s called conversation or even a healthy debate.
Finally, I will end with this: there is much of this world and it’s societal blueprint that we all know exists and refuse to conform to behind closed doors. We all fall victim to the ways of the world and personal or professional hierarchy. The truth is, nobody wants to submit to these ranks. Face to face we all battle something in our realities. We all seek to escape or express in one way or another. Art has been seen, created and appreciated in this capacity for centuries let’s not ruin it by defining interpretation, inspiration and certainly not by labeling it.