By Marina L. Reed and Marian Grace Boyd
Fear has a great ability to dwarf our spirits, especially our creative spirits. And yet it is precisely at these times, when fear abounds, that artists are needed by all. Artists have always shown us the way through dark times, into the light. Artists create and that alone is a powerful message and reminder to all. As an artist, I was initially buried in the avalanche of media information and isolation. But then I remembered a key teaching of Thich Nhat Hanh; we must be cautious about what we feed our souls. And so I turned off the TV, stopped listening to news on the radio and was selective in what I read on social media. And slowly, I could hear my artistic voice again. I began to paint, to express the pain and hope through my art; I began to write, to help others make sense of our situation and myself in the process. We are making music to soothe our souls. We need our artists. They are finding ways to give concerts on different platforms, perform on Instagram, write us stories we can find links to, see art on Facebook. They are finding ways to engage and comfort our souls and it is truly breathtaking and marvelous. And in these times when grief is knocking at every door in some way, we need comfort, breathtaking moments and light.
Promise, painting. By Marina L.Reed Shimmer, mixed media. By Marian Grace Boyd.