Art: An Outlet to Connect my Past, Present and Future • by Nelly Eisenhower
How do I sum up how art saves me in a few short paragraphs? Do I mention its meditative qualities and how I can lose all sense of time? Do I talk about its healing qualities in my journals allowing me to tell my deepest hopes and fears? Do I just simply talk about the joy that it brings me when I am pushing paint around a canvas or journal?
Family Connections to Art
As I struggle to begin, I begin looking around the room. When I look out the window, I am gazing at a stained glass panel that was made by my aunt. I get up to go to the kitchen and walk by two paintings that have been painted by my mom. Sitting on my counter is a glass bowl that was made by my cousin in a glass blowing class. I turn to walk back into the living room and I see the teddy bear my Nana made for me sitting on a cabinet next to a wood carving done by my Poppop. All of these items were gifted to me at some point in time.
I come from a family that surrounds itself in making. Whether it is painting, crafting, or decorating, lots of our time is spent creating. I can always remember making something or having someone making something around me. I am struck by the amounts of art that surround me made by my family. Finally it dawns on me what art gives to me daily — connection. Art is not merely an act of creating for me; it is an outlet to connect to my past, present, and future.
The Beauty of Handmade
I have always been delighted at the receipt and giving of a homemade gift, something that you have made with your own two hands. I will walk into a store, and instead of thinking, “Oh, I should buy that,” I am thinking, “I can make that” — a habit picked up from my Nana. When I am making something for someone, I think of the recipient and how he or she has impacted my life. I always imagined the people giving me handmade gifts have done the same.
I see the beauty in a handmade gift — something you have made with your own two hands. As you are making whatever it is, you are thinking of that person and connecting to them by making them something.
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