The sublime divinity of art.

You have Mario Savioni to thank for the publication of this blog post. A conversation (comment thread) we had reminded me about this half formed thingy I started writing last year… It is part of my personal philosophy of aesthetics. The nature of art, and how it is representative of the presence of the divine within humanity.

Read Rerun 016: Philosophers in Metal Technologies to read more about my personal philosophy in regards to the aesthetic.


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The passive form invites the active gaze. The masculine gaze is attracted to the subjective beauty. As “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, the voyeur may or may not be aware of the specific form which stimulated visual pleasure – if it is the light, the colour, or the form unto which the light befalls.

The gods and goddesses of mythology are real – that is, they are archetypal representations of aspects within all of us. They try to ‘speak to us’ but we don’t know how to understand their messages anymore. The masculine gods are direct, but they do not reside on the physical plane. Instead it is their “will” that we can feel.

The feminine goddesses are recognised through the senses and sensation. Yet it is through the eyes that one is able to visually recognise presence of the goddess of “love, beauty, pleasure and procreation” and in turn

It is through the physical eyes that the inner self (consciousness) recognises something as divine.

Through the visual stimuli of the sensibilities, it is the SUBJECT (non-physical in form, recognisable as ‘force’) which is the constant. The physical or material form in which this ‘divine force’ manifests varies for each individual.

(21 August 2018)

7 thoughts on “The sublime divinity of art.

  1. Christopher Thompson (Emphorium) says:

    Consider this. Art as an expression of at Once Feeling the presence of overwhelming Truth. Once being a moment. Or once being the driver of a life time of illustration. Art is a by product. Unlike love, which is emulsifier of humanity. The luxury of art is that, of a feelings world. For when food and shelter and companionship and intimacy are satisfied Art is an enhancement. It is the outreaching of artistry to communicate at some level, what ever the realisation or glimpse of lifes’ meaning was present at the significant moment. Of all art it can be said, life is enriched by the expression of emotion, both of the creative individual artist and the interpretation given of the piece by the recipient. The marketing of art, in any form, is a necessary action of vulgarity. But then again artistic merit in reality has no price in the hearts of its audience. Art by its very nature leaves its fingerprint on your soul. The art, science and skill of making good things very well, (Monosukuri in Japanese culture) is wasted without a human interaction. (Hitosukuri). Chris T.

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  2. Mario Savioni says:

    But, it isn’t passive is it? The woman has control over the man in that his attraction, tumultuousness, is shaming if he is not wanted. How embarrassed he gets when rejected.

    The subjectivity is within the man, not with beauty itself, and yes it is in the eye of the beholder. The voyeur is not concerned with light, color, or form, but with the thing that enlivens him. He is afraid of it. Like an introvert unable to deal with the emotions of being seen for who he/she truly is. He/she feels dirty, unclean, ashamed of him/herself.

    I don’t know about the gods and goddesses, only the ones here, configurations of line, form, and texture that cue the greyhound.

    Screw the directness of the male gods. And perhaps the will of them is the patriarchal glare.

    I like that the goddesses are sensed and visible through love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation. This lessens the shame of having such emotions. Divinity is not how a man views pleasure. He feels weak if he succumbs. He is tied in knots by desire.

    Yes, the constant force of the view, for some it is all-consuming. For others, it must be a lie. Don’t we all harbor lust and passion for what we cannot have?

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    • Kalliope says:

      Innocence, naivete or oblivion would mark the passivity; just as awareness or knowledge makes one an active agent.
      However I would say that recognising something as beautiful doesn’t mean anything in itself, it is just nice appreciation and admiration.
      I would posit that in terms of ‘energies’ (deities, the divine, or just essences of being) the feminine titillates, and the masculine penetrates. Thereby femininity directs one’s attention and interest (what you sense/intuit), masculinity dictates desire and action (what you think/feel).
      It is inherent that each person has both masculine and feminine energies, or are perhaps more attuned to one type or another. And I don’t think this matters at all with one’s physical sex/gender.

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  3. Mario Savioni says:

    The word “passivity” as you use it makes me warm. “Recognizing something as beautiful” too and not being blamed for it furthers my endearment. The term “titillates” and “penetration” also imply receptiveness and a dynamic that allows for the male to appear the more dominant. I think this may be an important point in understanding the #MeToo! movement and why dominant men are so f’d up. I love too the dynamics inherent in “sense/intuit” vs. “think/feel.” This addressing the gods and goddesses widens understanding that mere mortality denies.

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