What if art is a lie? Would you still believe it?
Picasso once said: “Art is lie that brings us nearer to the truth.”
Could his painting “Weeping Woman” that I saw in London will bring us to the truth of happiness?
It was my quest for truth that brought me to Rome – the birthplace of the Renaissance. There, I encountered the heart of art when I met just before my eyes, the Michelangelo’s “Pieta” (1498-1500), one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of Art.
Indeed, the sculpture beautifully and passionately depicts Jesus on the lap of his mother, Mary, after the crucifixion.
Upon seeing the piece, my first question was, “Why there was no trace of pain and suffering on both Mary’s face and Christ’s body?
I thought, this is not a true representation but an interpretation of the truth.
What if truth is an art? Michelangelo describes his creative process as “I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
It takes faith and courage to see an angel. And with that notion, there is a beautiful relationship between truth and freedom.
My first solo exhibition was entitled “My heART for Children”, which I got the inspiration from UNICEF’s “Rights of a Child.”
Because of my chosen theme, I worked with children at risks – street children, abused, mentally-challenged, disabled, and special children– to give meaning and justice to the subject.
It is amazing how they forget the reality of their circumstances when they dive into the palette of colors, shapes and textures.
Reality fades into oblivion in the creative process.
If Michelangelo imagined art as an angel, I saw cherubim in these children.
They taught me that art is a gift of truth that gives freedom to dream and imagine a meaningful life painted in colors of love, joy and peace.
Picasso’s “Weeping Woman” seemed to clearly depict the pain and suffering of Mary.
But truth is, it is not Mary.
However, this could bring us “nearer” to a deeper revelation of Michelangelo’s portrayal of the mother of Christ.
With a peaceful countenance despite of the painful moment of her son’s suffering and death.
There is a message of hope that the artist conveys through the unique peaceful expressions of Jesus and Mary.
Which is drawing focus to the victory of the resurrection over the tragedy of the crucifixion.
This is the birth of truth and an invitation to make our life a masterpiece.
Now, do you hear Michelangelo whisper in your ear? Carve, carve, carve and set the angel free?