Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Creative artist is a creator of a new object

A creative artist, by the term itself, is a creator of a new thing.
A new thing means something that did not exist till the time.
A replica of an existing object is also a new thing.
The word object includes all things that are sensual.

What does a creative artist creates?
He is creating an object that conveys his emotions and thoughts to an audience or readers.
His motives in creation are self satisfaction and communication. Self satisfaction is derived from the act of creation. A motive for creation is ingrained in the heart of every human being. Man considers the act of creation as the supreme act he can perform. The joy of creation is indescribable and immeasurable. A motive for creation is found in the human blood irrespective of cast, creed and race. So man wants to create something of his own. A replica of an existing object is also a new creation because every creation is new in this world. It did not exist before it was created.

Creation is a personal act that happens in the inner life of a man. The created object is not kept hidden from others. As soon as the creator finishes his act of creation, he exhibits the object. He brings it to the public audience for their enjoyment and judgment. The enjoyment or the judgment of the audience may not affect the joy of creation and the love of the creator towards the created object. Still he wants others to watch, read, enjoy and judge. That means the creator wants to communicate his feelings, emotions and thoughts through the created object. Even those who claim that they are writing, painting or doing such creative act for their mental satisfaction only, present their creation to the enjoyment and judgment of an audience.
The joy of creation completes only with sharing the joy with other human beings.
The joy of creation completes only when the creator realize that he could communicate with an audience.
All else is failure.

So every creation of an artist belongs to him and to the public audience. The audience has no part in the creation of the object. The artist never invites the audience to partake in the act of creation, because he is creating an object that successfully communicates his own emotions and thoughts.
As soon as the creator presents the object that he has created to an audience, it belongs to the audience too. They have a right to enjoy and judge the creation. They have freedom to accept or reject the creation. By enjoying and judging and by accepting and rejecting they are enjoying, judging, accepting or rejecting the emotions and thoughts of the artist.

The artist should be careful to communicate effectively with the audience. Otherwise many a good creations will be rejected. The fault partially lies with the artist himself.
The audience should find their share in the emotions and thoughts communicated. Else the audience will find the communicated emotions and thoughts strange and violent. Here also the artist is only partially faulty.
The artist may be living ahead of his contemporary audience. Hence he may leave his creation to the enjoyment and right judgment of a future generation.

Who should illustrate and illuminate the communicated emotions and thoughts? The artist or the audience?
Let us discuss it in another blog.

Further reading:  Creativity is a mystery

Professor Jacob Abraham                                                                            

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