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ON MYTHS ABOUT ARTISTS: explained from the 5th Dimension

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istara freedom –photo by Jamileh Dille

–A conversation between my expanded 5th dimensional brain and my here-self now:

 

one: artists are flaky

5D BRAIN:  …seen from the 5th dimension, artists tend to have many layers of complexity. on the extreme end there are people with diagnosed conditions–idiot savant, autistic and so on, that are accomplished or prolific artists that operate from parts of our immense brains that most 3rd and 4th dimensional humans never access. yet artists that function in your conventional societal structures also operate from these extra-dimensional, typically unused parts of human brains. this becomes challenging for those that live solely in three and four dimensions to understand.

Yin in Space

space quan, collage, 10″ x 10″ by istara freedom

ME:  our societal and structurally contrived world, for the most part, is confounded and confusing- it means nothing to me, yet well designed artifice can be pleasing and supportive to ideal human evolution. when i remember the sweetness, the nectar of the gods and how that juice is actually inside of me i breathe deeply, relaxing in the feeling that i am worthy of enjoying this moment, because Divine is inside of me. wow. god, whatever…divine nature, spirit, or ___________________. there IT is! and i am that I AM… i hear, ‘it’s okay to not know everything, and to just enjoy every breath’, or strive to, even if that means enduring some excruciating task, like paying bills or having dental work done or really getting into the nitty gritty of love with other beings and all That entails. i think i need a new tattoo just thinking about it. an enjoyable pain, just to temper the pain that I feel having to function in this society contrived to support greed and where money makes money is the motto, instead of time plus energy equals art and we are here to make art, all of us!

 

two: anyone can make art

5D BRAIN:  yes, anyone can. and we exist to create rich, satisfying lives, making the most of what we have: play more. play with wild abandon. respect the sacred. value safety of life more than a life of safety.

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eco art by Dylan Sturge

ME:  my son made this nature collage when he was six. he said ‘mommy, I made this art for you!’  and I love it!

 

three: is it art?

5D BRAIN:  in the 5th dimension, everything is art –accepting that is the first step. whether or not you view your world as art is up to you. this is the beauty of creation. how beautiful can you see? how creative can your perceptions become? can you perceive your life outside the framework of our contrived definition? how would our three and four dimensional worlds change if we could see everything we do creatively, empathically? once we see how everything is connected–each organism breathing creates another stroke or mark in the creation we all belong to.

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lightwave mandala, collage 10″ x 10″, by istara freedom

ME:  this is a definition of art from Dictionary.com:

art: the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.

also–art etymology [Old English eart,  part of bēon  to be ] archaic  ( used with the pronoun  thou ) a singular form of the present tense (indicative mood) of be

–this is true, right!, to be is to art and to be of the earth is to be art, eart! -listen to the earth, have the ear tuned to the being of the earth and of the self to to the being of art.

 

four: artists are lazy and self-centered

5D BRAIN:  simply because artists tend to do things differently isn’t enough to qualify them as lazy. many artists work tirelessly at their art or craft. it can be intensely physical as in dance or quiet and heady, writing for instance. also many artists keep different schedules than the structured societies they live in, so it is easy to judge them as they may sleep at odd hours or have a fast from food or friends or display an obsession or fascination with a color or idea or movement for a time. it is easy to look from the outside and say, self-centered madness! -yet artists are truly service workers even if they appear to be self indulgent or self centered, as humanities soul development and evolution depend on those that bring beauty or whimsy or humor or magic and any unique perspectives on perception. artists and visionaries magnetize on many other subtle layers of existence and are vital to our communities.

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hungry heart, collage 10″ x 10″, by istara freedom

ME:  if more people considered art and expression to be important just think how much more amazing this world could be. it is time for a renaissance! -of what only the living <being> organisms that we call artists are able to conjure up and share. and that is anyone willing to contribute to a larger collaborative vision. to really sink into the one universal energy that everything alive shares, that is the collective ability and freedom to create. to direct our creative impulses for the benefit of all, and to show that we truly value the artist in everyone, including ourselves. what do we want to create today?

 

five: art doesn’t make money

5D BRAIN:  money doesn’t exist in the fifth dimension. everything is light and attainment is by joyful focus on the concentration of many densities of light, and by agreement.

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space i reach 4, collage 10″ x 10″, by istara freedom

ME:  I am still trying to figure this out. I have made some money selling my art, my sculptures especially. I see some artists making money. I see people that make an art of making money. I see some business people making art that makes money because their art is a business. artists need money just like all other people. and there are other ways to benefit from making art provide in ways for your life than just monetary exchange, as in barters and for charitable or educational gain. if you are making art to make money then make it a business. or make a part of your art the part that makes some money, like I have done with tattooing and painting murals, and make the rest of it just to experience making art for the sake of art.

 

the healing art of tattoos

 if you have visited www.istara.org, you may have read this paragraph:

i became interested in tattoos in San Francisco, as part of the urban tribal underground art scene. i felt that the tattoo scene as a movement was a cultural effort to heal, through skin art, many many layers of our collective human suffering, through the individual story, and provide a new acceptance for the uniqueness of everyone’s path and expression to heal. eventually i acquired a tattoo machine, and it has become a healing art for me.

we are all made of stars

so what does this all mean to me? the urban tribal underground art scene? at the time it was where its at, people of various ages and diverse backgrounds, rejecting the homogenization of the masses through corporate programming and the cultish fervor of groups of all types that require adherence to a dogma or any conformity. artists, persons frustrated with the system and the hushing of human spirit, came together to confirm a possibility, that of freedom of expression, and respect for diversity. in a new turn to the idea of the wild west, a reclamation of individuality and a remembering of our pioneering spririt, exploring a new frontier, in a cyber age of maximum saturation, it became necessary sometimes to extrapolate our pain, to wear it boldly/to set it free. 

painful karmic memories are released

the opposite of denial, acceptance. interest. a new means to relate, the forming of a tribal community in an urban setting, an attempt to make new definitions for living. finding a way to connect to nature through the ownership of ones body. all of these concepts are present in the current cultural tattoo revolution.  

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the surge in popularity and acceptance of tattoos in america is a reflection of this revolution. while people have always tattooed and gotten tattooed, in the last twenty years it has gone from an underground urban revolution to a very mainstream thing to do. it is the american spirit, even if the tattoos are symbols from other cultures, they have helped a person to reconnect to their native homeland, or spiritual homeland, and that is a part of the healing.

yantra to ground root chakra

in addition to externalizing pain, tattoos are frequently acquired for the acknowledgment of a great joy, such as a sacred union, a child’s arrival, an anniversary of a momentous occasion, winning a great race, accomplishing a desired goal, celebrating years of being clean and sober, acknowledging a son or daughters passage into maturity, or even re-committing to one’s faith. maybe it is committing to one’s life, as many of my tattoos have symbolised for me.

this vine has three leaves for three years clean n sober

frequently tattoos are in memorium, or commemorative. tattoos can cover many types of scars, to help with the look and improve a person’s self-esteem.

the morning glories are covering scars

 

i have discovered that tattoos remind me of how temporal our time incarnate is, and the eternal permanance of life. i imagine a day when i’m able to tell stories and show wrinkly faded tattoos to my grandchildren and wrinkly, toothless friends.

i heart Art!

pages and pages of days go by
in this writer’s life
cut and paste world
collage of ideas
layer themselves into a vision
sculpting time into Art
i heart Art!

art is the vehicle that carries us back and forth through time. we become time travelers when we look at a piece of art or read what’s been written, as it has been completed at a fixed point in time, even if that time is ten minutes or many many centuries, back to petroglyphs and cuneiform. we create future time, with our ideas, both in imagining, describing and depicting other possible realities, as well as the more subtle shaping of the next moment by our choices and actions, our creations. that is the future, an extended idea of the now.

writing, sculpting, painting, collaging and music, also the process of understanding and  translating what other people’s needs are into skin art,  these are my teachers, friends that inform me along the way.  my capacity to understand the world grows with each expression, and the world grows with me.

the sculpture in the photo above is a great example for me of time travel and growing the world. titled ancestor, it was made during a time i was taking a class on mesoamerican art and architecture. the rough stone,  a mineral called serpentine, that left to nature’s nurture, would eventually become jade, was gifted to me concurrently by a friend, a jade carver. many of the colossal heads carved by the olmec culture in mesoamerican antiquity are carved from serpentine. i felt inspired by the rich, earthy green colors and interesting striations, and just dug in with my chisels and mallet. it is a fairly soft stone. when the piece, ancestor emerged, i felt surprised by the obvious influence of the ancient art i’d been looking at for three months! i realized that my own small percentage of hispanic heritage had found an opportunity to connect, in geologic time, to it’s roots, through the hand working of this stone. thus the name, ancestor. i had reconnected to myself and a part of the world culture. i am pleased with the original work that will always call to mind my remembrance.

in the law of time, when we are harmonious with nature, the only law that exists is time factored by energy equals art. the creative energy that exists is the same creative energy for us all, regardless of our medium, our skills or talents. that is why many artists say they have channelled their art, or gotten themselves out of the way somehow to let their creation flow. that, of course is why it has been said there is no original art. though all creative energy is from the same source, it can only come out as a unique expression when tapped by any individual. ah the beauty…