Writings & Musings.
by VersAnnette Blackman-Bosia
I have to be honest and say that as I grow into my Artistic voice I hate questions. This whole “allow me to dissect the Artist’s brain” mumbo jumbo takes on an all new level of annoyance to me.
I often want to tell viewers that what they are experiencing has very little to do with me. I mean, to clarify - sure they are witnessing an intrinsic part of me, but in an abstract painting what I’m conveying is only half of the story. Especially where intuitive painting is concerned. The resonance is theirs to own. What might surprise folks is that I’m witnessing the magic just as much as they are. I’m being forced to investigate my feelings and listen for what this creation is telling me just as much as they are. To attempt to simplify this entire idea into a question, “what were you thinking about when you created this” or “what’s the inspiration behind this” equally baffles and perturbs me.
I digress. I know that people desire to learn their life lessons through witnessing the hard work of others; thus never having the opportunity to be met with their own truths. But I have such a strong resistance to this. What I want most is to tell my viewer, “Don’t ask questions of the Art. Let the art ask questions of you.” So now, when people say “What is this painting?” I say, “What do you see?” And that conversation is the most rewarding for me. It bares to me their heart, their longings, their struggles. Which is really what it’s all about.
Full disclosure: What they reveal to me is never what I’ve experienced while painting it. And that, in my opinion, is the gift that brings us closer together. Honoring differences, bridging divides, taking off our masks to bear the truth of our souls. It is not pretentious. It is not boastful. It’s just about connection. It’s not a competition to see who’s the biggest Art buff or critic. It’s dismantling these beliefs we have about what Art is, and who it’s supposed to be for, who’s “good” at it, and who’s not.
I believe I am only called to connect. Through my creativity, my personhood, my desire to see others grow. And that's a true gift.