"Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift." - Albert Einstein
Monday, 11 March 2013
Life Imitates A Work Of Art
THIS GIFT by an anonymous donor in 1984 is a large tapestry by Barbara Heller that hangs at the entrance way of the Eye Care Centre in Vancouver where I visited recently. The similarity of the branches in the tapestry and the live tree (pictured below) outside the front doors had me wondering: does art imitate life or is it the other way around?
The tree was no doubt just a little sprout 29 years ago when the tapestry was first presented to the centre. It seems farfetched to say that art influenced how the tree grew to be envisioned. But if life is made up of vibrating energy connected to everything, it is fluid, changing and open to all manner of interpretation. We know that nothing is the way it appears to be at a glance. The world is not flat and the stars are not twinkling lights small enough to wrap around a Christmas tree.
Some philosophers carry these ideas further by suggesting that life is an illusive transforming entity that requires the foresight and imagination of artists and writers to show us how to perceive it. The images they create shape what we come to know as reality. The name for this thought provoking theory is anti-mimesis. It is explained in detail at Wikipedia here and makes interesting reading for a rainy day.
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