Throughout time, art has been used to change the way we see things … the way we think. In speaking about the great artist, Caravaggio, Simon Schama said “… it was believed that artists were given their talent by God to bring beauty to the world and to put mortal creatures in touch with their higher selves or souls.” Of Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica”, he said “… Picasso connects with our worst nightmares. He's saying here's where the world's horror comes from; the dark pit of our psyche. ”
Art has been used to teach us, to amuse us and to open our eyes to social issues. But it’s not just the masters who have changed the world with their art. In more recent times, we’ve seen the power of the Aids Quilt as it travels the country. We’ve seen the generosity of those who knit and crochet, using their art to change the lives of military people. A little closer to home, the members of Inspiration Avenue will use their art in an auction to benefit Angel Faces, a charity which helps girls who have facial disfigurements due to burns.
So … this week’s theme is all about changing the world in all the many forms it can take. Perhaps a beautiful piece of jewelry will change the world of the wearer. A small knitted booty will certainly change the world of the baby who wears it. Perhaps your piece will have a powerful message … for example; a piece using recycled materials can change the world with its Eco-friendliness. Or maybe a piece will elicit strong feelings of compassion, love and kindness. A painting … a sculpture … a collage … all can have power.
What can you create that has the ability to change the world?
Your submission is due by noon on Saturday, March 6th (please note that this is a change to our regular challenge schedule). Leave a link to your blog in the comments on this post so we know where to find your creation. And don't forget: you'll be entered into the March Giveaway with a fantastic prize from Angie of Artangel.