One of my favorite things to do these days is to create places of love art. I find places for my creative work in everyday situations. It’s a part of my day-to-day routine and it’s what I love to do. I do this by using whatever materials are available to me in the particular site. Today I found a place on the shore of a frozen lake near my home. I walk here often. Right now the lake has a thin layer of ice left over from the winter freeze. The ice will be gone soon but I like the feeling of quiescence I sense from the lake. Life in all forms is dormant below but it will emerge soon enough when the warmth of the spring returns. The energy of the lake’s aquatic life under the ice reminds me of our latent capacity to love.
I did not have a plan per say to create anything on this walk but when I got to the lake I knew immediately that there was something meaningful I could express here. It was how I felt in that instant and for me it was a moment of truth. I used leaves from the nearby laurel bush to place the word love on the ice. It’s such a simple thing to do and it was effortless. I’d like to think that creating this expression of loving intent will bring joy into a stranger’s life. I have no way of knowing who will come across this message after I am gone. This I will never know but I hope that in some way the work can bring positive energy to that person.
This is one of the greatest gifts that we have to share as artists and it is my belief that we are all artists. Creating works of art that help bring more love into this world is incredibly important to me. The world needs this so desperately. Part of what I set out to do with this work is affirm the healing power of our creativity. It is what I wish to share with the world.
The laurel leaves rest on the ice in all its fragility. The work and the emotion it represents are states of profound vulnerability. It is inevitably a temporal work. The ice will eventually melt and the word love will float away. The art work will be one with the natural environment; subject to the same forces of change that are inherent in its time and space.