Today, unfortunately, in most of society, aesthetic sensibility is reduced to something secondary and meaningless. This is present to such an extent that a materialistic man, restrained by his blindness, will not notice the beauty expressed in the work, nor the message contained in it, but its market value, or the name and reputation of the author.
There is a well-known anecdote about Picasso who said in front of a picture of a beginner: “This picture lacks something else to be good.” “What, master, what does it lack?” The beginner asked. “My signature is missing to be a great work of art,” Picasso replied.
But the artist is not a signature. A work of art in itself should be able to touch a person. It needs to have its own life, to be able to separate itself from its creator.
Today, a small number of authors are known from those ancient times when temples were built in harmony and beauty. However, their works, from Egypt and Greece to India and America, with the help of the Beautiful continue to lead our consciousness towards the sublime. On them, at best, there is some symbolic signature as a sign of some fraternity that made it or some secret name.
The work of art was not born because of the fame of its author, but the fame of the artist consisted in his transformation through the process of artistic creation. It was something that transcended the artist, because he embodied something that was outside of him, he could glimpse it and give shape to it in the sensory world.
With each creative act, the artist transforms his personal way of expression into the power of the Demiurge, reproducing the power of the harmonious creation of the Universe to the extent that he awakens that same power in himself.
Art and Creation Hence the idea that form reflects his secret name, the name of the Inner God, and not the personality by which he is portrayed in this world.
Art is in reality a creation, so although it cannot be defined only as a creative act, it is expressed through the ability to shape matter, the ability for matter to match the artist’s will to embody what the author envisioned.
When we talk about matter, we mean everything that can be noticed, that is, matter as an extension of form. Thus music, though not tangible, corresponds to pure forms, subtle structures made of harmonious and proportional relations. In music, spatial proportions (sounds) are associated with temporal proportions, creating something alive, in motion.
In a way, man, with the help of his creative abilities, sought to approach the creative role of the Deity, the Logos, or the cosmic Intelligence, which has been talked about by many philosophers throughout history. When man creates, he only imitates the Demiurge or the Universal Architect at the moment of creating the forms with which he will breathe life.
Every work of art, be it architectural, musical, artistic, literary or any other kind, in a way represents a re-creation of the world, a cosmogonic process in which Chaos, primordial matter, is edited by Theos, the artist’s mind, and emanates the Idea, the archetype, creating the space of the Cosmos: a work of art.
Following this universal pattern, the creative act relies on the power of handling the form. A form is essentially a structure, a frame of tense lines arranged in different relationships, through which energy can circulate, life can be expressed, or an idea can manifest; they need to populate structures. This can be seen very well in a gothic cathedral or in a musical composition.
Every form therefore needs “breath” as the essence that revives it. Art, therefore, manifests itself as an act of re-creation from the invisible to the sensory world, with the help of beauty.
Creation implies synthesis because a pure analytical mind will never be able to create. One work is not the sum of moves, gestures, or sounds; the work is much more than that, it exists in advance in the artist’s mind, and although it is expressed through forms, the forms themselves will never create it.
The creative process is, therefore, the unification of matter, form and essence. The artist seeks to master matter, to perceive and know form, and to channel that “breath.” He needs, in a way, to be a technician, a philosopher, and a magician in order to cross the path that leads a craftsman to an artist and an artist to a genius.
This process requires great willpower and perseverance to master matter, a clear mind that sees the essential forms and knows the effects they cause, as well as the ability to elevate consciousness that allows inspiration to be channeled.