Thursday, March 15, 2007

Refractions: Being a Child of the Creative Age

I read the transcript of an inspiring speech by artist Mako Fujimura to the recent International Arts Movement (IAM) conference, an organization I had never heard of until yesterday.

"If you asked a room full of kindergarteners "Raise your hand if you are an artist!" Almost every child would raise his hand. But if you ask a room full of adults, almost every adult would not."

Quoting Bronte's Jane Eyre, and holding it up as a model, Fujimura calls on artists to “create the world that ought to be.” It is a stirring and fascinating piece.

Please go read it.

And I need to go find a copy of Jane Eyre. I know, don't say it...


Jenn said...

Look. No comments. Because what we all want to say is, "You've never read Jane Eyre??!"

Barry Pike said...

Hah! You got me.

There was a season long ago when I intentionally consumed classic after classic, but I always thought the plot to Jane Eyre sounded like some kind of prototypical Victorian romance novel. Chick-lit from yesteryear. So I skipped it and went for Ivanhoe, Les Miserables, and The Three Musketeers, and never looked back.

I know, I've got some remedial reading to many books, so little time.

Heather said...

It was really hard for me to get into Jane Eyre but I liked it in the end.