As an artist, I have been drawn to and inspired by the ancient world for all of my life. Long before written history and the advance of organized hierarchical societies, humans lived in a magical world in which they viewed themselves as an integral part of nature. Archeological evidence unearthed by Marija Gimbutas in the area of the Black Sea shows that humans lived in harmony with their environment and with each other. It was a time when the Goddess was worshiped as the giver and the taker of life – humans lived within Her heart. Art was created for to celebrate and honor the miracle of life as represented by the Goddess.
Though art in the postmodern period has certainly helped generate a more tolerant attitude to cultural differences, it has been driven by an egocentric and mostly male attitude of self-importance. I feel that we now find ourselves on the brink of a huge shift in consciousness. As the structure of society begins to crumble around us, artists are being called to move beyond the fractured and nihilistic visions of postmodernism. Two thousand years ago the messages of love and the indwelling nature of God/Goddess began. Now,more than ever, artists are exploring the expression of this spiritual vision. I hope the days of gallery directors and gatekeepers of the artworld telling artists “Your work is beautiful but I can’t move work with spiritual content.” are over.
What’s your opinion? Are we as a species now more open to messages of beauty, love and unity?