Art as Presence

by Nick Andrea

Art is not limited to the artist. It is also the providence of the pilot, the computer programmer, and the environmentalist, because art is presence. It is every moment we selflessly trust ourselves.

Art is our life in this moment –  cooking dinner, walking the dog, drinking tea – and every human who acknowledges this truth is an artist.

Presence is experiencing the ups and downs, the ins and outs of life and not taking them personally, but rather, seeing them as the tapestry of this great artwork called “my life.” It is not letting the downs compel us to “get a real job,” nor is it letting the highs lead us to believing there’s nothing to do. 

Art is throwing away the neurotic obsessions and the compulsions – the control – and surrendering to the flow, which in this moment may be painting, or writing a blog post, or going to the bathroom. It may even be trusting this lower back spasm to let ourselves rest, or letting the kitchen remain dirty for another evening because we’ve just come home from a long day at work. 

Life is a canvas, and anybody who lives with presence is the painter. What is the art of your moment right now?

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About NickAndrea19

My goal has always been and continues to be the liberation of minds, my own and what influence I may have on others, to perceive the extraordinary beauty all around us. To this end, I write, play music, and design websites. Don't hesitate to contact me for more information about any of these activities. :)
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2 Responses to Art as Presence

  1. Bill Walz says:

    Artistic expression, and to a lesser degree, being an audience to art, is about letting go of the realm of the ego as the centerpiece of the mind and coming into direct and authentic contact in heightened awareness with the present moment as art is created or experienced. Small-self-consciousness is lost in the purity, the bigness of the experience. True art comes from the deeper self-in-presence, perhaps using thoughts and emotions as subjects of creative expression, but now blended and guided by the deeper intelligence that is whole and one with the moment. This phenomenon of oneness is sometimes referred to as “flow,” and in this flow, the contents of the mind are balanced and mastered, a quite different kind of consciousness than when, as in day-to-day experience, the mind-contents are master of us, and there is no flow, when we are separated from the oneness of the moment, lost, caught in the matrix of ideas about the world and our place in it.

    This experience of artistic flow is always clear and unconflicted, and it is happening in an integration of the senses and intuition with our thoughts and emotions, in the present moment. This in-the-moment expression that connects intuitive and archetypal experience with whatever medium is being engaged creates a temporary clarity and sanity for the artist or the witness to art, and as any artist will tell you, it is when in the action of their art-form that they feel the sanest.
    From full column in Asheville’s Rapid river Magazine, March, 2013

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