I get email alerts when people comment, even on old posts. I got a comment from an anonymous:
"what's this...It's just a little piece of ceramic clay painted on. It's not living! They don't have feelings. They can't see you or hear you it's just an inanimate object."
I know this.
I know this is true about every piece of art I've ever made. Of course I think about this---what it is that I'm making. And why.
How could I do this nearly every day of my life without examining it?
I answered the comment with this: "right. A book isn't a living thing either, but words have great meaning. If you can't see this, look again."
or something to that effect. After all this time I still haven't figured out how to cut and paste within Blogger.
Likely I don't have to defend Poppets, or my other art, to you. If you're here, reading my blog, you probably already know what I'd say. But just to be clear, and to think about it 'out loud...'
A Poppet is an object created by an artist. Art is a conversation between an artist and those who view her art.
Art (and Poppet) is an idea. And ideas are very powerful.
The comment is on the post "What we know about Poppets so far." I should update this page, because in truth, I know a little more about Poppets now than I did then.
Poppets gave me a unique way to look at myself and at other human beings and, stepping way back, a look at humanity in general. They became a language for me that explained things better than I ever could without them. At least to myself.
I stand by the little fellows. My life is better because of them and I plan to continue to learn all I can about them. And to learn what they can teach me about being human. For me, they truly are a sort of language, an alphabet I can use to cipher things I can't grasp otherwise.
And, like any language, they are changing. I see this. Possibly you don't so much, because there's always a bit of a lag between where I am creatively and the art that goes to shows and into the shop. I'd like to think they're changing because I understand them better. I'd like to think they're changing because I understand being human better.
What I do know is that as an idea, Poppets are very much alive.
Now I want to know what you might say, or what you have said, to someone who wants to know what you could possibly see in this tiny little figure with two little black eyes. Or why you think they caused such a reaction from the commentor. What is it about Poppets that scares some humans?
I'm off to read with Orion. We have finished The Hobbit and are beginning tonight, The Lord of the Rings. We are two lucky humans.
Poppets tell me so. I believe them.