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Ms Berry’s Blogger Challenge

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Ms Berry’s challenge this week is… what do you believe in?

It’s an interesting question and I could answer it a number of ways. But perhaps here I would like to say that I believe in the power of art to put over a point that cannot be expressed any other way, at least not so powerfully. It may be the expression of a human emotion or it may be a protest or it may be the only way a political movement has to change a closed society. A painting can be magical, spiritual, thought provoking and it’s all there, up on the wall in its vivid immediacy. This ‘in your face’ mechanism is seldom achieved in the written word because by its very nature a piece of writing takes time to read and somehow the reader has to generate the vision that the author had before a final recognition of form takes place. I’m not saying that writing is any the lesser medium of expression, it’s just a different medium to art.

I was listening to Simon & Garfunkel’s classic song, ‘The Sound of Silence’ the other day, the first verse goes like this –

“Hello darkness, my old friend

I’ve come to talk with you again

Because a vision softly creeping

Left its seeds while I was sleeping

And the vision that was planted in my brain

Still remains

Within the sound of silence”

There are various ideas as to what the song may be about, the most notable being that the media via television is flooding the public consciousness with subliminal propaganda – later to explode into society with disastrous consequences. A bit like the novel, ‘1984’, I suppose. However, the first verse taken on its own has a different meaning for me and it’s to do with the interpretation of dreams, the working out of an inner vision that may or may not be helpful to the dreamer. He doesn’t really know as the vision remains hidden when in the waking state. I wondered if this could be expressed in art.

So, into SL I go, armed with an animation and an idea. Out again and straight into Paintshop. Here’s what transpired. The dreamer actually touches the darkness while the ‘seeds of vision’ float about in clouds around him. The answer lies within the dreamer, it’s painted on his skin in symmetrical patterns indicating balance and the dark is seeping into his chest like a catalyst. I don’t see darkness as anything to be frightened of, but an inspirational process that works by igniting an inner vision. Whether the whole idea of this has been sufficiently expressed by yours truly remains to be seen.


Written by Moz Loordes

10/11/2010 at 2:47 am

Posted in Chat

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  1. Art really does move and affect me like nothing else. Your posts are always such a delight to read, you put so much depth and thought into them. Thank you for playing. ❤

    Strawberry Singh

    11/11/2010 at 12:13 pm

  2. It’s a pleasure to do them, Ms Berry *hugs*


    13/11/2010 at 3:11 pm

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