Passive Activism |
lars schmidt

Mountains and Rivers are Speaking

Artistic Statement
Passive Activism - Mountains and Rivers are Speaking

"What would our human endeavors look like if we learned a new way of being in the world?

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.

Hence, my main 'artwork' is the way I live on a day to day basis. It is how I meet the other, how I meet nature, how I deal with this very moment.
And in that respect I ask myself questions like:
Is it honest and authentic? Is it with an open or a closed heart?
Does it serve and fit in the greater context in the way a tree does, or a wild animal?

Life and art are not separate for me. The practice of an art-form has the potential to inform you as a person, on an ethical, as well as on a spiritual level. In that sense the 'product' is almost secondary.
It becomes 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