A beautiful painter
I just received my copy of ArtNews in the mail, and learned that the painter Elizabeth Murray has died. Now, I didn't actually know who Elizabeth Murray was - my recognition of the names of modern artists is embarrassingly limited, I mean, there are just so many of them! But after reading the page about her in the magazine, I went looking online, and I am just so enthralled with her work!
In reading a bit more about Murray, I came across this quote: ..."deep down, most artists are on the edge of feeling that what they do is absolutely meaningless - and that's the fun of it" (original article here). It is so reassuring to hear that, coming from a professional artist who has gained worldwide recognition for her work. Reassuring in that my own periodic sense of this meaninglessness is validated, and encouraging in that Murray found it to be a source of joy.
I think that this takes a different way of perceiving reality than do most other aspects of life - a desire for fulfillment on another level and an ability to let go of, perhaps unconscious, restrictions and limitations. It inspires me to think in this way.