Don’t wait for a good idea to come to you. Start by realising an average idea – no one has to see it. If I hadn’t made the works I’m ashamed of, the ones I’m proud of wouldn’t exist.”
~ Polly Morgan, artist
There is never the best idea. Like the artist, the idea grows. One day at a time, moment by moment, it grows and flowers.
When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.”
~ Robert Mapplethorpe, (source)
I find it indeed strange that this quote is attributed to Robert Mapplethorpe because if there was ever a man who I thought an agnostic or atheist it would be him. When I was young, I never was troubled by the thought that when I created a work of art my hand was directed by the spirit—the breath of life. That the inspiration for my work came from God and I was only used as a means for its creation.
These past few weeks as I am working around my home, I have been listening to Dan Brown’s, The Lost Symbol, where he spins a tale that takes us through the nation’s capitol and dwells into the world’s religions finding similarities and various roots of Christianity including the Gnostic Gospels. Fascinated, I am now reading The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels. It is an incredible read and I am discovering alternative routes to Quakerism within its pages. I guess, through my studies, these past few weeks, I learned that I must be more childlike and innocent, and once again recognize both privately and publicly where my inspiration originates.