Our own growth as artists is dependent on the growth of all artists across all disciplines. For there is a critical common denominator to all our creative efforts. Cutting through all of our work, really validating all our production as creative work, is the element of renewal. For to create, by definition, is to bring into existence something new. Even the photographer of realistic subjects, through his technical choices, makes something new of the subject. The conductor makes something new of the Beethoven symphony in each performance.
In what way does the notion of renewal as art’s inherent theme relate to that of our interdependence as artists? To continuously engage in the process of creation, we must be continuously in a condition of self-renewal. Experiencing the works of other artists, in all the disciplines, is the very food of this self-renewal. It facilitates the next sstep on our current process.
There is a painting by Danijela Jovic which brilliantly abstracts this process of self-renewal. It is called Teranova 3. Teranova means New Earth. Danijela posits a narrative of transformative meditation which leads the viewer from a material to a spiritual state. The progression of color and brushstrokes from the lower right corner of the canvas and upward visually represents this transformative process.
Danijela herself offers these words:
“When you meditate in relation with the earth you become different, but the earth is changing also-through meditation becomes a new earth and a new man…Blue is the color of spiritual and red color symbolizes the remnants of the material.”
It seems the dream of sleep corresponds to the artists notion of meditation. Both can be catalysts for change, as they reveal insights from a deeper consciousness. It is fitting that the red, the remnant, exists in the bottom right of the canvas. With the artist’s words, we see evolution, even directional flow in the painting. From the material, the red patches, we transition to lines of purple (towards the spiritual) and then into the full spirituality and revelation of the blue.
Danijela also contributes the project’s audio component. Succumb to trance. Breathe the air. Feel the energy. Let go of the material, of the painting’s red. Make your journey upward to the spritual, to the G-dhead.
The Teranova 3 project is an entry in the Midisparks Winter Composers contest. You are welcome to visit the site and CAST YOUR VOTE (FAV!) for this project and any other contest projects that you like.