Monday, July 5, 2010

Personality: Bedrock or (magnetized) Gravel?

King Lear

Wordsworth speaks about "The fountain light of all our days", Yeats of "The foul rag and bone shop of the heart". The stuff that forms us - what we hold on to - is it loss or freedom to let it go? If the weather is too hot where you are, I understand completely if you don't want to ponder this.

Things are actually better with the king in question for now. But in the lil world o art here, I may be working it out for awhile.

13 comments:

Poet in Residence said...

First get at the nature and quality of the original cause, separate it from the material to which it has given shape, and study it ...
(Marcus Aurelius)(Ch9:m25)

Charles Gramlich said...

Gotta love Keats. He was mentioned in the book I'm currently reading, "All heads turn when the hunt goes by." Supposedly he was an early victim of the creature from that book. It drove him mad, thus his poetry.

Titus said...

I was there before I got to the caption.
Magnificent. And oh, so difficult.

Homer (not Simpson) said "It is a wise child that knows his own father", and Shakespeare, "It is a wise father that knows his own child". Undoubtedly the search for wisdom can take a lifetime.

Totalfeckineejit said...

You is far ,far too clever for me,Sparlky, but I loves the picture, I think it's not King Lear but Captain Fantastic!

Will it be a postcard? I'm hoping my credit card will be unblocked soon.

ArtSparker said...

TFE- I need to upload more of these on to redbubble soon, then it would indeed be available as a postcard.

kathrin said...

I like your kind of art and doing, I wish you a nice day !!! Kathrin

Tomás Serrano said...

Beautiful! His look is near to Moses in DeMille´s film.

Fresca said...

"Is it loss or freedom to let it go?"

(It's a cool but humid morning so I can address this.)

I'm not sure what kind of letting-go you're referring to, but for me the letting go of physical things (say, clutter, or eating meat, or whatever) is very like letting go of emotional/relational "things".

For me, whether letting go is attended by grief or relief (loss or freedom) is is a matter of timing.
"Readiness is all."

It's like losing baby teeth.
When the tooth is ready to go, it drops off.
Very different than, for instance, in grade school when a girl opened her desktop into my face (accidentally) and knocked out a front tooth.

Gandhi talked about the importance of readiness in giving things up. If one forces oneself to give something up, he said, that's just committing spiritual violence.

I found that reminder so helpful as I've tried (off and on) to force myself to be less attached to something(s), which is kind of laughable as of course that's just acting out an attachment to the idea of not-being-attached.

The stuff that comes with parents, of course, is far more complex than teeth.

ArtSparker said...

Fresca- A lot of times, I have to admit, I frame questions as either/or when I think there is mostly No Such Thing. In this case, I believe freedom and loss can coexist.

Coreopsis said...

Great things to think about. That Yeats quote used to be one that I pondered regularly, but hadn't thought about in years. Also really like the illo. The thing about appearances, even (or especially) stately ones like this, is that an outside person has no idea what's going on inside.

Best of luck with your wrestling, and thanks so much for the comment on my blog.

Fresca said...

"Freedom and loss can coexist."
That's a great sentence.

Sometimes framing questions as either/or is a good way to root out an authentic response.

rosedale's 4head said...

this is way way cool!

Laura said...

love it. case by case for me. letting go or losing.