Passive Activism |
lars schmidt

Mountains and Rivers are Speaking

Artistic Statement
Passive Activism - Mountains and Rivers are Speaking

"Not unlike an ancient Japanese teamaster, whose abilities and knowledge had to range from the plantation and preparation of tea and food, to garden design, architecture, philosophy, spiritual understanding and practices, pottery, poetry and calligraphy, I would like to propose a concept of artistic expression that mirrors the understanding of the Way of Tea as a way of life.

Life and art are not separate for me.
The practice of an art-form has the potential to inform and form you, reaching into any aspect of life and living.
To me, engaging in and examining the creative process resulted in an approach based on an open and attentive way of listening, and a way of seeing that transcends disciplines and compartmentalization.

The 'product' is temporarily manifested process.
It may be seen as an honoring of the source where it came from.

If you feel the desire to look for a purpose in what we call art, I would say that one purpose could be to offer a gateway, and eventually reveal a sort of ungraspable and indefinable essence that is always here, yet hidden by a world of names and forms.
In other words: artistic expression may point at our common origin."

Lars Schmidt