Art. Inspiration of Life

Soapbox | Written By, NOW! BALI | May 2nd, 2014

What inspires artists? This is the question that sprang into my mind as I have had the privilege of meeting some of Bali’s most famous artists. Obviously everyone is different but for the Balinese artists the answer was mostly Bali itself. The beauty of the light, the magic of the mountains and seas, the dynamics of the dance, and the complexities of the relationships between people, between people and the gods and between people and nature.

What inspires artists? This is the question that sprang into my mind as I have had the privilege of meeting some of Bali’s most famous artists. Obviously everyone is different but for the Balinese artists the answer was mostly Bali itself. The beauty of the light, the magic of the mountains and seas, the dynamics of the dance, and the complexities of the relationships between people, between people and the gods and between people and nature. 

Some concentrate on the positives, emphasising the beauty and the uniqueness of life in Bali. For others it’s the negative, with their works dedicated to condemning the destruction of life by development, by pollution, by abandoning traditions and heritage.

We rely on the inspiration of artists to inspire us, to interpret life in a way that opens our eyes, that clarifies our thinking, that magnifies our perception of life through their imagination and creativity.

So my thoughts are as follows:

– We need to become more aware of art, more conscious of creativity and try to get more out of life through the great works of great artists, but…
– We need to leave space in the world for that creativity, not blast it away in a cacophony of sound, not cut it out in our dedication to “online” and “handheld” everything.
– We need to value real works of art and keep our artists employed by supporting them.

If we don’t we will be left with the soulless, barren desert of the fast food/ bar/ cafe/ club life that everyone in Bali seems to be dedicated to making.!

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