Good art is all about tension.
Consider haiku. A central tension lies within three lines of poetry. The Japanese call it “kire,” a pause created by a juxtaposition between two elements. It creates a spark of energy, like the spark between synapses as they connect in your brain. The power of the poem lies in the reverberation created by this pause.
Consider novels. They rely on conflict both within characters (i.e., the individual’s inner-battle with pride, greed and baggage) and outside the characters (i.e., hurricanes and zombie invasions). Conflict fuels the plot.
Creating art relies on seeing the tensions in the world and expressing them as best we can.
But in a world where most of us hide from harsh realities that can be hard, but that is the artist’s role. We need to really look and tell our truth.
The migrant crisis, terrorism, marginalization… These are all realities that need to be talked about. If not by artists, then by who?
That truth connects people … changes people.
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