A few months ago I watched the documentary Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present. Abramovic has challenged people with her performance art since the early 1970′s. The film documents her preparation for her retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The main part of the exhibit is Abramovic sitting in a chair in silence for 7 1/2 hours a day for three months without food or water. Museum attendees lined up to sit across from her and one by one they gazed at Abramovic’s face and she gazed back in silence. There was a huge range of emotions for the participants-I’m sure you only get a glimpse of the intensity in the film. People came from all over the world and stayed up all night to take part–which ended up drawing over a half million people.
I was extremely inspired by this film. I don’t know too much about art-but I know I especially love art that makes me uncomfortable, forces me to question and takes me away from daily life.
As a working mom, my life is very structured and I do love my routine. Inspired by the Abramovic documentary I scheduled a visit to see the Cindy Sherman exhibit at the MOMA in San Francisco. What an experience! Using costumes, make-up and prosthetics Sherman transforms herself into different characters and photographs herself. She literally becomes the people she creates. So much so that I found myself picking up intuitive information about them.
Art elevates us, raises our vibration and makes us better people. It’s not an extra, it’s a necessity that feeds our souls. I have the greatest respect artists and love that they feel compelled to create. It feels like their connection with Spirit that heals all of us.
We are all artists in our own unique way. Let us share our gifts with the world and support each other. In gratitude-Julie