On Art Making and Love


Encaustic collage made with sewing patterns, oil paint, and india ink on board. – Holly Suzanne 2012

I was asked today for an interview as part of a newspaper article for a local high school here in Wichita on the Science of Love.  Of course they asked me as a therapist and not as an artist, but as I think on the topic and contemplate what I might have to contribute to the article I can’t help but ponder the similarities between art making and love making.  For those of you sleepy readers I may have just gotten your attention;)  In my work as an artist there is a certain intimacy with the materials which develops and is born out of an inherent attraction, likewise love. Creating something aesthetically pleasing and balanced requires attunement and a commitment to the process, as does love.  Mistakes are made, repairs attempted, and out of this something of a union of materials or hearts are joined together.  Love or art cannot be reduced to a formula or even be described in terms of science, although we’d like to think that following this technique or learning to listen or understand is the key to success, yet there remains the unexplicable mystery of how these thing are translated and in the end this “thing” if we can call it that is always more than the sum of it’s parts.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder as the old adage goes.  It certainly appears to be true in art as well as in love.




4 thoughts on “On Art Making and Love”

  1. Yes, I think that’s true. I’m not an artist, but as a writer I have the same kind of feeling, a love of words and ideas and the thing I’m trying to articulate. It can be very sensual and sweet, the whole process of writing, and sometimes we have lover quarrels too, and disappointment, and we back away from each other. The make-up sex is best, that coming back together again and finding the thing that makes us one.

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