To many artists (and true art-lovers) art is their spirituality, their faith, their religion – leading their path, teaching them philosophies, morals, ethics, belief-systems, connecting them with with their own selves, humanity, nature, truths, a higher force (?) like nothing else can.
So does that make an artist’s studio (or wherever it is that they work) their temple?
A studio is a sacred place that you come to do some bit of reflection and thinking.
– El Anatsui
If a sacred area is one that you respect/revere/protect/connect to in a spiritual way (however you define that), is a place that you meditate in (how many artists go into a “zone” or into a “state” when they work?), or perhaps even connect with the divine or a higher force (whatever that may or may not be), then a studio (and other places where an artist creates) seems to fit the definition.
Studios, Churches, a Temple, and a Synagogue:
* Pics of studios are from Pinterest. Check out my Studios & Workspaces board to see each of the studios above. The pics of the temples, churches, and synagogue are stock pics.
I definitely see some similarities in the pics above. The use of light and space, windows and grand walls, specific seating and work surfaces.
Is your artistic space sacred to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
And in case you haven’t seen it, here’s Marilyn Manson dropping by an art class to talk to the students about the importance of art and how, to him, it’s like a religion.
“…for some people like me [art] is the closest thing that can be religious. I think the idea of God is supposed to be about creation. I think artists put things in the world. I think that’s ultimately spiritual to me.”