Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Big and Small, at the same time
To say that something is big and small at the same time is to equivocate. But to feel small and become aware of limitless possibilities: that is what art does.
Yesterday, I saw some amazing pictures of stairs at Talespinning that did just that. Go over now and look at those photographs and see if you have the same reaction, especially to the first one, where your eyes follow those old stone steps upward and when the steps stop abruptly, your eyes are directed to the sky. I found myself holding on my breath as I looked at the photograph.
I felt small.
What am I when I consider the stones, and the power and time it took for them to come into existence? And the steps: how much work and strength and skill that had gone into making the stones into steps? And that unending vastness that uplifts and humbles we call the sky.
Small and big simultaneously? Yes.
Me: small. Possibilities: big.
Have you felt like that?