LeonardD the artist doll just completed a series of artwork using only objects and materials he was able to find around the house. He came by the other day to tell me about the work. He said that he felt confident he could make art out of anything. Well, I thought that was pretty interesting, so to challenge him I asked what art he could create if he were locked in a windowless room with nothing in it. He said that he believed he could come up with something.
We talked about it awhile and decided that the artwork would need to be a tangible object that he could bring out with him when he left the room; we ruled out performance or conceptual art like John Cage’s 4’ 33” (a pianist sits at a piano in front of an audience for four minutes and thirty-three seconds without touching the keys) and the zen idea used by various artists in which blank white walls inspire a meditative immersion.
My friend said that to make something tangible from nothing sounded like something only God could do but decided to give it a try nonetheless.
I locked him in one of the empty rooms in my doll house. He was in there quite some time. When he emerged he held in his hand a small object of indescribable material that glowed as if lit from within. The object clearly exhibited the creative intelligence I know my friend to have.
I was blown away. LeonardD was uncharacteristically reticent about what occurred in the room, where the material came from and how he produced what he did. After he left and I thought about it for a while there was only one conclusion I could draw: my friend is God.