“The frame through which I viewed the world changed too, over time. Greater than scene, I came to see, is situation. Greater than situation is implication. Greater than all of these is a single, entire human being, who will never be confined in any frame.”
― Eudora Welty, On Writing
“Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.” ― G.K. Chesterton
I am in rehearsal for the premier of a musical written and composed by two local women who have become dear friends. The title of the musical is “Girard’s Nude”, and it tells the story of an overweight, middle-aged housewife who is asked to pose for a renowned artist. It is set in the 1950s in a conservative small town in Pennsylvania. It brings up the opportunity to ponder the meaning of FRAMES in art and in life, how we see ourselves, how we see our world, and what part we allow freedom to play.
Frames and structure are useful for lots of reasons. Containment can provide safety – a way to explore a place without feeling overwhelmed.
Framingis also a useful way to state your point of view as an artist. “This is what I want you to see and focus on!”
Mindfulness encourages the awareness of what is outside the arbitrary frames we impose on the world for our own comfort.
Transcending the frame is perhaps the greatest artistic challenge. How do you go higher, deeper, beyond?
Framework is worth pondering. Freedom is worth exploring.