Wednesday, 19 December 2012

What’s the point of art, anyway?

This is one of the questions which led me to write SONG HUNTER.

 Is art just something to make the world prettier?

 Is it to show off?

What would a work of art mean to you if you'd never seen any sort of art before?

 Is the point of art to bind groups of people together? Provide a focus for worship? Let you step into someone’s else’s reality? Let you discover a deeper reality of your own?

 Because there always are deeper realities. Somewhere. Even if it's not in a world that's attached to this one in any sort of sane or normal way.

There are always deeper realities.

 And sometimes, as became clear during the course of writing the novel, not realising that can be absolutely fatal.


  1. YOu are making me really eager to read this book! And the "point of art" question is very pertinent always, from then to now!

  2. Bless you, Adele. I hear that, although the official publication date isn't until next year, the book is now ready and being delivered.

  3. Well, I wasn't expecting any answers to my questions, but have received this via email from Elizabeth Roy, who shares a Chinese proverb:

    'If you have two pennies, spend one on a loaf and one on a flower. The bread will give you life and the flower a reason for living.'

    That's lovely, though my personal version would have to be: one penny for the loaf, one for the taxman, and draw ourself a flower.

    Elizabeth also quotes Picasso:

    "Art is a lie that reveals the truth."