There is an inherent duality in creating—form and function. Form is the expression, the essence, the message. Function is the purpose, the way it fulfills a need, and the way it might help people. We need both.
If ever there was a time to integrate these dualities, it is now. Tools on their own are lifeless, but in the hands of an artist, a tool can create divine work that is open-ended, with the potential for flourishing and multiplying. Consider the monuments of the past—there were extreme limitations, but vast experience in what was created:
Notre Dame (180 years to complete)
Leonardo’s Mona Lisa (7 years to complete)
Brahms' First Symphony (over 20 years to complete)
This is the kind of creating that echoes across time and leaves us in wonder.
As faith-filled creatives, what we create can become monuments that point people to God. Our invitation is to courageously advance creativity by reaching back to its simple origins. To reveal who God is through what we create and how we create it. To focus not only on the utilitarian aspect of our artform, but the experience of the people that enter in to it, and how it can connect them with the God of the Garden.
The God of everything is a God of process, not quick fixes; of depth and not facades; of vast experiences and therefore, vastly expansive connection.
“Culture will come when people touch things with love and see them with a penetrating eye.” – Max Weber
“The work of art is born of the artist in a mysterious and secret way. From the artist, it gains life & being. It has power to create spiritual atmosphere.” – Wassily Kandinsky