Playing God

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Eileen

“I think one of the reasons for practicing arts is to extend oneself beyond oneself (not that I have been successful at doing so).”

Absolutely. Since art is creation, and artists are the creators, it’s a little like playing God, except on a tiny and very humble scale, and only in their imaginations (and ours) of course. They make scenes that live. They make people. Everything artists do is personal, everything they make a part of them, a part that wasn’t there before. They extend themselves, and they make themselves larger. But the really great part is that they make the world larger too, and so a little bit different from what it was before. If their art is good enough, it can change the world. The trick is making one’s art good enough. Most of us are stuck at that step, though working hard to get beyond it…

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