Many of you will be aware of our “Arts & Faith” initiative (the banner on the right hand side of this screen might be the first clue…)
Our Bright Young Things suggested that I take one of the featured quotes and write something about it. I chose this Picasso quote.
Now that I consider it more carefully, however, I’m not sure that I’m in complete agreement with it. I can readily accept that “A purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls,” but is it, “The purpose…”? I suppose I’m being pedantic.
What I liked, and still like, is the notion of washing the dust off our souls.
If we don’t pay attention to it, if we allow ourselves to get spiritually lazy, then I think our souls can get “dusty.” Not damaged or changed, but unnecessarily encumbered.
Great art (and other things) can shake off the dust very effectively. Most recently for me, it was watching the latest version of The Great Gatsby. I fully expected to hate it. Instead, I have been thinking about it and talking about it for a couple of weeks.
Can you think of something that has shaken your dust off?