...maybe we'll start a conversation.
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance, and this, and not the external manner and detail, is true reality." (Aristotle)
Reminds me of a scripture verse in 2nd Corinthians: "Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal."
That which cannot be seen has greater significance than that which is seen. But, as James talks about, "Faith without works is dead" or useless. As artists, our challenge then is to translate the invisible into visible terms. (And no, I'm not suggesting every piece of art have a cross or a fish on it. I think just plain 'ole honesty will go a long way).
Honesty, experience, journey, discovery, struggle, pain, joy - these are real. What say you?