Dreams, Vision And Inspiration: What Drives An Artist?

Sep 24, 2012

This show has something to do with the fascination I feel for the minds of artists. They, more than we, are gripped by visions. They see something that's not there, and they want to make it be there.

To see one of these visions take shape, first in the mind of the artist, and second in the physical world, can be inspiring. It can also make you feel kind of bad about the time you sped on Sudoku or porn. Or that you watched the Emmys. Today you'll hear the voices of four creators. One is, I think, a pure visionary whose work pulls its energy and imagery from our dreams rather than from real world events. Another is a visual artist inspired by political and social events. A third is a musical artist who connects to the art and experience of indigenous Americans. The fourth is considered "a poet of ideas." We'll explain it all today. Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.