words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

Into the Blue Imagination

Into the blue imagination / A Self Portrait

After working for a few hours on the digital collage for this post
entitled “Into the Blue Imagination”, I finally embraced its finality. It took some
patience, experimentation and moments of trial and error so to speak, to feel
totally satisfied.  Immediately after the completion of the piece, and while meditating
on its content, I found myself asking the question, what exactly in the name of art have I produced?

Sometimes you find the meaning to a work of art that
you created only after it is completed. During the process of creating there is
a desire to control its outcome. We as artists, at times want to have it all so
neatly packaged. We like to think that our pre-determined concepts and their
fulfillment in the piece is what make it successful. However, we also realize
there can be beauty in the unknown and an exhilarating joy in discovering it.

In reference to the joy of discovering the unknown, and simultaneously feeling complete, let me make
this observation….

The last element incorporated into the piece is the
portrait of me. It is a photograph taken over a decade ago when I had
dreadlocks. I am also facing the portrait as the shadowy figure in black. I am observing myself. This
prompted the question, what do we discover when we face ourselves? What do we see?

I did not attempt to instill any answers to this
question in this particular piece. How could I? The piece as I stated was
complete. The question, “what do we discover when we face ourselves” and the
possible answer or answers will have to wait until another time.

In conclusion….

Sometimes that is all that art is; a question that begs an answer, or our imagination seeking clarity.

Like a work of art, are you sometimes complete, even though there are questions to be answered?

3 responses

  1. What a beautiful piece and I could spend hours just enjoying your work Walter; so complex and pithy with meaning. I agree with you that art is open ended and leaves something for the imagination. It isn’t like politics where there are neat answers that fit in a box for every question raised… 🙂

    May 25, 2011 at 7:21 am

  2. Thank you Liz,

    If I may add a suggestion, try spending time with my art while listening to the Youtube videos of Alva Noto and Stars of the Lid I sent you. And check out other works by them. You may see and hear things unknown 🙂

    p.s. I already know you have a great imagination 🙂


    Peace and Light

    May 25, 2011 at 7:37 am

  3. Beautiful piece of work and beautiful text to go along with it. You are right. Art sometimes does ask a question and even though it goes unanswered the art is complete. I never really thought of it like that…well, I have, but not as clear as you put it…Thanks for sharing the blue within you.

    May 25, 2011 at 3:23 pm

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