I recently went to The Dali museum in St. Petersburg, FL. What a fantastic museum and experience. I didn’t know much about Salvador Dali outside of his outrageous mustache and his peculiar art dubbed surrealism. Admittedly as I wrote ‘peculiar’, now that I know more about him and his art, I should preface by saying his brilliant works of art.
What is surrealism?
Andre Breton who was a leader of the surrealism group wrote the manifesto of 1924 that defines the purposes of the group. He defined Surrealism as:
- Surrealism, n. Pure psychic automatism, by which one proposes to express, either verbally, in writing, or by any other manner, the real functioning of thought. Dictation of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason, outside of all aesthetic and moral preoccupation.
- Surrealism. Philosophy. Surrealism is based on the belief in the superior reality of certain forms of previously neglected associations, in the omnipotence of dream, in the disinterested play of thought. It tends to ruin once and for all other psychic mechanisms and to substitute itself for them in solving all the principal problems of life.
I had such a great time, learning about him and surrealism. Salvador was an artist from such a young age and in art school he painted within the confounds of his education until he graduated. Then his love for mathematics and science entered his artistic world along with his soul mate and muse Gala. The amazing stories and symbolism behind his works is intriguing and visually stunning. I learned and read more – now I’m temped to practice.
Can you? Do you dare to express yourself in the absence of control exercised by reason, aesthetic and moral preoccupation? It’s an interesting discussion.
Your mission, should you accept it.
Write this weekend something that would fit by the definition of surrealism. Go outside of your comfort zone, be it short story, poetry or blog. Tempt the normalcy Dali style.
Then comment below and tell me how it went. I’d love to know! 🙂
Interesting topic and article that was well written that I’m sharing. If you can’t say it differently or really add, I say ‘press it’ and post it to share. It’s something to consider on self publication for sure, and this new opportunity of free form internet for artists, writers, bloggers, journalist, and entrepreneurs.
Comment, Share your thoughts!
I have labeled myself as an aspiring writer for the last few years and it dawned on me after reading, Sage Cohen’s article “10 Ways to Harness Fear & Fuel Your Writing” that, HELLO – I am a writer! Revelation here, good grief, I write a blog, gotten involved with social media i.e, Facebook and Twitter. I’ve even been published from my day job in clinical research. This isn’t rocket science, or is it? Why am I so hard-headed here?
Some feel it’s a matter of being published by a publishing company with marketing and agents etc… Certainly that is a goal, but most of us are publishing via the web to the masses and writing in our various forms and methods to get to that pentacle point of approaching publications by others in various methods. Essentially we are mastering our craft, our love (and sometimes hate) of writing and telling a story. Me, my goal is publication on my creative writing and learning more on various types of writing.
#7 of the article by Cohen says to ‘do what scares you because it scares you’.
This gave me pause for thought. It’s not about being reckless and doing something that would cause you harm. It’s about tackling that nasty inner critic that we all have. Whether it’s writing or sports, we all have doubts in our own abilities, it’s easier to believe the negative than the positive. So we have to tackle these challenges by forging ahead and seeing the positive. It’s that drive you have that keeps you going, and before long your gaining self-confidence. Your honing your skill set and working harder to achieve your goals. Your putting yourself out there and giving it a shot.
Are you doing what scares you? Are you putting yourself out there?
Comment – Share – Like, I look forward to hearing from you!!