Time is the True Masterpiece
Last week I first listened to the Anthropocene reviewed podcast hosted by John Green, and in which episode he spoke about the artist Agnes Martin. He detailed parts of her life and different works that she had made including her piece entitled “With My Back to the World.” The real thing that struck me though in this episode wasn’t really her amazing work or all of the interesting information that John Green goes through. To me, what I find amazing is that Agnes never even felt proud of her art pieces until she was in her 50’s despite her works being beautiful before that. This brings up the idea that even if we feel ashamed that others can see the beauty in us. In time, once we have gone through more in life, we can also learn to see the beauty and become proud of ourselves for what we have accomplished. Time can show us how things play out and what is really important and beautiful in life and at the end of it all we can look back and see the beauty in everything.
I wrote that previous paragraph last week and this week felt like I should dig deeper and revisit these ideas. In the beginning of the podcast, John Green talks about a story of Agnes Martin where she spoke with a little girl and showed her that a rose is beautiful, even if it isn’t there, meaning that beauty is all in the mind. This ties in with how she never saw her works as beautiful for a long time which was saddening because she could have been sharing herself with the world rather than just destroying everything she created. Beauty is all in the eye of the beholder as much as it is in the mind and even though there were plenty of people who enjoyed her art pieces, she didn’t so she held back. Finally over time, she came to be comfortable with herself and had more confidence.
In many aspects of our lives and throughout probably all cultures, there is the idea that time is valuable. Most likely the largest proponent to this idea of time being the most valuable thing in our lives is that there is no getting it back. Once something has happened, there’s no changing it. This is why when we look back at ourselves and see how we’ve changed it feels so nostalgic and empowering, assuming that it was a change for the better. Once we have gone further we can see a greater scope of things, and we will truly be different people. I know for myself that I feel like a completely different person than I was two years ago and I’m sure everyone can relate and if we can learn to see the beauty in those changes then we can progress further. Even if we don’t feel confident now, time allows us to change ourselves and soon become what we wish. It is a relatively agreed upon understanding that on average it takes 21 days to form a habit. If you want to change, all you must do is put your mind to it and stick with it. Time itself is in it for the long haul so in order to see it as the grand masterpiece you desire, you have to be patient. John Green’s Anthropocene podcast was a really good tool for me in order to see the beauty of what I’ve accomplished so far in my life as well as learning about Agnes Martin in this episode. I encourage everyone to listen to it as well as view Agnes Martin’s artworks.
Below are links to the Anthropocene podcast as well as my piece from last week:
Works of Art by Agnes Martin and Hiroyuki Doi | The Anthropocene Reviewed | WNYC Studios
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