Elizabeth Smart: The Shifting Boundary between Nature and Art

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  • Elizabeth Smart 's writings--her theory and practice of art--
    present patterns of change and constancy. Art, initially
    constituted in an entwined and supportive inter-relation
    of nature, love/passion, God, ir.spiration :and will, is in
    its maturity generated from within a dissolution of the
    supportive context. Art finds its power of expression in
    opposition to nature and in the absence of God. By Grand
    Centnl Station I Sat Down and Wept presents art in its
    true creativity: creating unity from a central visionary
    perspective. From this point onwards art falls away from
    its metamorphic principle of transformation, in an enforced
    exile, and in the later works becomes an expression of the
    radical separation of nature (and love/passion) from the
    visionary perception. Art without a supportive environment is
    actualized in a self-referential creation, a "magic marriage
    of words," that is still, however, a transformation (of tragedy
    into comedy) and an expression of a potentially redemptive
    God-like wrath and will.

  • Scammell, J. (1988). Elizabeth Smart: The Shifting Boundary between Nature and Art.
Date Created
  • 1988-04-05


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