I have found artists more than writers will acknowledge this. I certainly felt it more when I was painting as an immediate experience. I’m interested to see in the future what MONK throws out about this. Being a human being we can’t actually quite define it – and that’s how MONK engages with it – the specific acts of creation – as well as the spiritual.
I would never edit out contributors who weren’t specifically religious or faithful. In many ways it’s the breadth of MONK where digesting art because an energetic spiritual experience – in the experiencing of its gestation not the making of it.
My own painting has only just begun really, my exploration of it, the themes. When Cornelius was dying I began to paint very vivid abstracts. I do feel looking back that was an extraordinary series of months when I was pulling something out of my psyche and connecting to something I was experiencing in a deep, deep way. Call it God or the divine, the numinous, the universal consciousness. I certainly didn’t feel in control of brush marks. People repeatedly say the paintings are joyful. The geometric shapes, the brush marks… I can’t really decode them; particular strokes, repetition – flicks, like Arabic script – it was very immediate, fluid, fluent, child like. It felt spontaneous.
“I remember Fay Weldon once said to me that as people dropped off going to church they took up creative writing courses…”
And then funnily – or not – at some point I spontaneously remembered I used to do very colourful pattern colouring mandala like, as a child – using felt tips – do you remember you could get a huge variety of felt tips in a plastic case – I remember being absorbed into the colours, a rainbow,