This is a thin border I tread and there are many ways of interpreting it. When I say “The thinking artist”, I have in my mind the artist whose “art” is a culmination of all the thoughts which flit across his/her psyche. Some of these are caught by the artist and some more are left alone or allowed to pass. Too many thoughts could deprive the final expression of its spontaneity, but then the skilled artist does have the capacity and the capability to compartmentalise and focus on one thought at a point in time.
And as they say about the human race –“we are all artists”. Thinking is what makes us different. This function, since we have been bestowed with it, is difficult to do away with. The ‘art’ lies in clearing away the cluttering thoughts and keeping only those which give meaning & direction to the gyres of life. Take away this thinking, and then there is no emotion, no feelings, and no exaltation. I think every true artist aspires to connect with the sublime truth and in this journey, he/she is at all times accompanied by ‘the thinker’. Both are so connected that they start inhabiting the same space and time and this is how the thinking artist is born ….”Je pense, donc je suis “ ( artiste)
- Suvarna Kamakshi
Image credit: The Thinker, Auguste Rodin, 1879