Next month I’m going to have an art show that I plan to title “Renacimiento”. I dream of a renaissance of love, beauty, life, art, poetry, etc. and for there to be an awakening in humanity that makes people realize the importance of beauty in their daily lives. Beauty is for the happiness of the world. It is the soul inside of our daily work. We reach the peak of achievement, but for what purpose? And what good is outer beauty if we have no mercy? If we kick the little ones aside because we can, or because the great race to achievement is far too important, because there are too many people to impress, too much face to save, we lose ourselves along the way, sold for good opinion.
Renacimiento, to me, is the re-birth of Life well lived, Beauty when it’s Whole, Mercy, Art everywhere, Flowers in the kitchen, Good food to eat, Face-to-face relationships and Great friends. In all of this love, beauty & life, there must be the silent, yet powerful act of metaphorically feeding the “hungry ones”. What do we have to give for which we need nothing in return?
One last thing – very few people escape childhood unharmed. We walk through life carrying guilt, grief, pain, shame of all sorts, and god knows how many ideas of our own lack of self-worth. To break the cycles of this pain, we think we need to be what everyone else is ~ That’s the lie that has everyone trapped. My dream is that this cycle is broken by “Renacimiento”.
I am not interested in being famous or popular, and don’t care how much or little others appreciate my art. I paint with love for humanity. I was willing to die before, but I’m not Obi-Wan Kenobi and dying doesn’t help. Living does.
Instead of writing an artist statement, I wrote a poem to accompany my show. Would love to know what you think! Here goes:
I walked through life looking for you
And found you sitting quietly inside of me
Patiently waiting for me to let go
to quit fighting
and sit down next to you
In your waiting, you built a castle
While I walked and wandered, you built and built
Weary, I sat down, Rendida a la vida
Renacimeinto is the moment I came back home
It’s the moment I touched the face
Of the one I loved the most
I walked in the castle that was built for me
And couldn’t help but wish this for all humanity
I see the faces of the suffering
And wish I had a magic self
That could carry Renacimeinto in its palms
Fly to them and give them this
I wish Renacimiento
Could be carried by every flower in every field
And bear the little ones in its arms
Bring them all back home!
To the castles where they belong
I put the dream in my paint
I whisper to it secretly
“Please carry Renacimiento out for me!”
But how can I help the hungry ones?
Feed them love for that’s what they eat
Renacimiento is the hero that opens
The tall and heavy gates
That lead to the trail of Life & Beauty
The secret garden in your heart
Renacimiento is the flower
That blooms after the last sun has set
It creates art, music and poetry
And shines light on all humanity
If only they could see!
Sit down under the willow to rest
Renacimiento sits beside you
She stands up and shows you the way
You cannot arrive at the top if you slay Beauty
Do not show up with scars on your face
The dead give-away
Mercy is the salve that heals all wounds
The child of god is yours to bear
Feed them love, for that’s what they eat
Renacimiento is on its way
Stand by, let it open the gates
Walk the trail of Life & Beauty
Let your light shine for all to see
Turn on the switch and keep it glowing
Dance, run, laugh and play
Walk hand in hand
Count random things
Dream, wish, swirl, be!
Renacimiento is here for you and me