"The function of art is to give us an existential experience. In his music, painting, sculpture, and poetry we feel, we experience, and we respond. It is not an intellectual exercise. The highest moment of our lives, those of love and tragedy, are matters of the heart, of feeling. They are experiential. The pity of much modern life is that we do not know how to experience either love or tragedy. We are alienated from each other, and from our real selves. "
This is a quote from Rabbi Levi Olan in 1968 in a radio address he gave.
I found it both inspiring and immensely insightful.
I painted this image at a time I was experiences great sorrow and anxiety, and Olan's quote reminded me of it.