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Does a bird create itself?
There are two common answers to that question: Someone might say God created the bird. Another might say the evolutionary process created the bird.
Either way, it is clear that the bird did not create itself.
Therefore, however the bird was created, the bird was an effect of a cause.
To be clear, my greater point has nothing to do with religion or science. It has only to do with bringing your attention to the obvious fact that a bird is not its own origin. It's origin preceded it.
But, does a bird create its nest?
Let's say you saw the bird creating the nest. So, yes, the bird created the nest.
However, if the bird was the result of a creative cause, then by extention, what the bird creates must also be a continuing effect of that same creative cause.
Therefore, in this analogy, our bird cannot claim so called personal credit for creating the nest. (Maybe a little, but only from the most narrow self-centric point of view).
And now we come to the central point. Are nests all that different than works of art?
Is it true that artists are also creative in a similar manner as nest-building birds are?
Just as our analogous bird, the artist cannot claim personal credit for what he or she creates. (Maybe a little, but only from the most narrow me-centric point of view). Because the artist, like the bird, is merely an outer manifestation of an inner creative force.
And so, from the 30,000 ft level as they say, there is no isolated, or special artist creating anything. There is only the universe expressing itself..
There is a third answer to the question of how the bird was created. And that is the creative intelligence of the universe created the bird and the nest. By saying “creative intelligence of the universe” I am not inferring a supreme being such as is promoted in the theory of intelligent design. Rather, I am pointing to the fact that the universe expresses itself intelligently. The benefit of describing creativity this way is that it employs evolution and natural selection as its process but also recognizes the presence of an intrinsic intelligence that pervades all life. Philosopher Alan Watts suggested that the individual human being is a particular focal point in which the universe expresses itself as the true Self.
How can an artist take exclusive and personal credit for creating a work of art that the universe had already been working on for that past 13.8 billion years?- ph
In this video artist Agnus Martin sees Love filling the world. She also sees the ‘innocence of a tree’ and then somehow corresponds that to the image of a grid. Then she is seen turning and painting a single stripe down the center of a canvas. Her words and actions are an extraordinary juxtaposition.
Martin is so rooted in love and innocence that there is no separation between that reality and the painting of grids and stripes. You have to be a very awakened person to know love and innocence in the act of painting a stripe. You also have to have a very highly developed sense of perception. Most people looking at a stripe, or painting of one, and wouldn’t see or experience anything special. And yet, to Martin, that act of painting a stripe is a doorway into love and innocence. It transforms the austere stripe into a rarified form of beauty that only other lovers of innocent stripes can appreciate.
"You are something the whole universe is doing." - Alan Watts
If that is true then the making of art must be something the whole universe is doing too. -ph
"When it is working, you completely go into another place, you're tapping into things that are totally universal, completely beyond your ego and your own self. That's what it's all about. " -Keith Haring
(To be clear, Haring was not talking about Post Personalism specifically. He made that comment many years ago but it nevertheless aligns with the post personal project point of view today).
John Lennon's lyrics from "Instant karma" resonate with Post Personalism:
Better recognize your brothers
Ev'ryone you meet
Why in the world are we here
Surely not to live in pain and fear
Why on earth are you there
When you're ev'rywhere
Who in the hell d'you think you are
A super star
Well, right you are
Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well we all shine on
Ev'ryone come on
Patrick Howe, Artist, Author, Educator, Electronic Music Composer