I’ve seen this quote a lot, and honestly had gotten kinda tired of it. I’m starting to really believe it again, though. Since I’ve been drawing etc. more, I’ve experienced this quote. Today, for instance, I was working on a drawing for a friend, and then took a break by taking a walk with Ryan and Akon. As we were walking, everything felt fresher and more alive. I was more excited by everything I saw. Like, since I had just spent time in my own world, creating something with my own hands, creation itself just felt more alive and exciting. The dust from everyday life had been washed away.
I don’t think that art saves people, though. I think that’s why I was getting annoyed with that quote and quotes like it. I don’t think creating art can ultimately fulfill a person’s life. Art is wonderful, and fun, and invigorating, but like all things in life that are good, they are meant to point us to the God of the universe who gave us all these good things, rather than terminate in themselves.
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being. . . .” Acts 17:24-28