House of the Dreamer, cont.

It’s entirely possible some would give the place a once-over and decide to stay in the car.  Perhaps they’d think I am too easily impressed.  I, however, believe there’s beauty in the unpretentious.  I don’t need to walk into a spacious, air-conditioned studio to see art worth appreciating.  This artist used the resources available (in his case, lots of coffee wood) in his area and never once set foot in a gigantic Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, yet was 100 times more productive than most people who spend way over $100 on supplies for a new hobby they may end up growing weary of shortly after.  He took the inanimate, natural form of wood and shaped it into hundreds of people, campesinos mostly, that he either knew or imagined who looked just as full of life as the people that inspired the carvings.  Looking at the carvings’ faces, I would venture to say he really loved his work; that’s why, though it’s true it provided an income for him, I believe his work is art for art’s sake.  He just wanted to create, and to do so, must pay the bills.  I don’t think someone who didn’t enjoy carving would have etched the Last Supper on the walls of their workplace, do you?


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