The Awakening Arts Network Promotes the paradigm shift from an art of commerce and capital to forms of making that nurture the nature of our humanity and connect both the maker and the audience to the many worlds through which the human being emerges into new be comings daily.
Satish Kumar echoes these statements in this recent article entitled ‘Art for Earth’s Sake’.
In our times of eco-spiritual crisis, Satish Kumar proposes a shift from unsustainable mass consumerism to mass production of life-sustaining art
The dominant thinking in Western society is that of separation: the separation of mind from matter, science from spirituality, art from daily life. From the Renaissance onwards, artists worked as individuals, in their studios, in isolation from other artisans, separating themselves from their fellow craftsmen and women. They practised art as a way of self-expression. Their art produced mostly items of luxury and status. Thus art became disconnected from the natural world, from living communities and from life itself. There art stayed, for centuries, something apart – to be practised only by those with special talent, to be purchased only by those with great wealth and seen mostly within the four walls of churches, museums and art galleries. For the past 500 years, art has become an item of consumption; a commodity to be bought and sold: no longer a way of life, practised by everyone as an everyday activity.