Lunch today was with a group of colleagues one of who is an artist/sculptor, and who, before entering the ministry, was an full time artist and university art professor. After we had lunch, he shared with us the process and thinking behind the work he does in clay.
The lines of what we were talking about quickly became blurred.
Art or Theology.
Clay vessels or Incarnation.
I wish I could better remember the references he made.
The way he said it was far better than my remembering now.
But the gist of it was this.
That which we create…
That in which we invest ourselves…
Continues to hold and to share that part of us which we put into it.
That insight was very evident as we looked at pictures of his work and listened to him talk. But, his insight is not just about art, is it? It is also about relationships and time and presence, and our work whatever the work we do happens to be. The more of our best selves that we add, the more of our best selves move out into the world from that which we create to touch and to impact and to influence others.
Today, I learned something important about being an artist.
And, was reminded of something even more important about being a human being.