Totem and flowers in Sequim last Sunday. We are slowly learning to celebrate the art of the cultures that were here before us, and the other cultures that are here with us.
As I put my blog together this Sunday afternoon I’m listening to a call-in show on Canadian Radio, talking about whether Shakespeare and other classics should still be taught in High School…Engagement of the younger generation seems to be one of the keys…and the Universality of the ideas that are imparted by visual art, literature, music and all the rest.
Art of photography helps us to appreciate the natural beauty of our surroundings…the art of scientific study, how to preserve Port Williams and our many beaches.
I believe that one of the duties of parents is to civilize their progeny, teach them about their duties as part of the family, part of the community, part of humanity. As Fredrick Douglass observed in the 1860’s, humans are the only picture-making animals. Pictures in every form, from poets to painters, prophets, musicians, reformers, inventors, scientists… create new ideas, new discoveries and examine old ideas, like slavery or women’s position in society, for continued relevance.
I’ve been working with images of my ancestors, to figure out where I’ve come from and what I’ve inherited, as well as what I want to change. My fame in doll making is based on realizing that image and form making can be used to change minds and attitudes…and to examine history…Doll Making as a Transformative Process.
Through Art, we learn how others have resolved problems that we face today…Shakespeare and all the other untapped cultures that we have previously ignored in Western Education…all the unrecognized work of women. Love, Honor, Achievement, Family and Country are still and will be life issues that we ponder.
Be Aware of the beauty that surrounds you: Flowers brought by friends to my latest tea party and interesting textures from yesterday’s Farmers’ Market.
I realize that the term Political Correctness has gotten a bad name of late, but isn’t it still important to continue to remind ourselves, through All forms of Art and Language, that we haven’t yet succeeded in teaching our children and ourselves to see Everything in the World as broadly as possible…Art is Very, Very Good for that!