daily details 26.08.12

Japanese washi, organic indigo dye, gold and indigo embroidery threads, found object

The eye of desire dirties and distorts.
Only when we desire nothing,
only when our gaze becomes pure contemplation,
does the soul of things (which is beauty) open itself to us.

– Hermann Hesse

it is for that smile and for those tears that I work


Bowl by Rupert Spira

Cézanne said, “A time is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will trigger a revolution.”

The purpose of his art was to trigger this revolution, this complete ‘about turn’ in the way we see ourselves and the world.  On another occasion he said the purpose of art was to “give us a taste of Nature’s Eternity,” that is, to give us a taste of that which is ever-present in the experience of nature or indeed in any experience.

Insofar as my work as an artist has a motive or a function, I share Cézanne’s vision although not, alas, his talent!

Just as the essence of all thought is understanding and the essence of all relationship or friendship is love, so the essence of all perception is beauty.

Therefore the highest function or motive of an object is to point towards or reveal this Beauty, that is, in Cézanne’s words, to give a taste of Nature’s Eternity.

A work of art is a work that comes from this intuition and that, as a result, bears the signature of its origin. The potency of art is that it bypasses the rational mind, that is, it is not abstract.  It delivers intravenously, so to speak.

Many years ago I saw a man standing in front of one of my bowls at an exhibition.  When I returned twenty minutes later he was still there just looking.

As I approached him he turned round and I saw that tears were streaming down his face.  He smiled and left.

It is for that smile and for those tears that I work.

– Rupert Spira

Source – http://www.rupertspira.com/

See also http://www.theawakenedeye.com/artisans/spira.htm/

and http://www.theawakenedeye.com/natureseternity1.htm/