Henry Miller. A great Henry Miller. For me, he is a perfect example of real artist. He was a painter and writer. If you read his work, you will see that he was also a mystic.
Henry Miller is an example of a person that is transformed through the art. He reached the higher nature of being a human being through art. He describes perfectly what is like to be a human being and what is like to be an artist.
He understood very well a reality of human being. He understood the destiny of human beings. Death, suffering, accidents, meaningless battle with life. He goes on saying that artist is person who has change this reality with his own personal reality. Every artist lives in his own reality. He creates reality when he celebrates his victory over life. Art transforms him. Creating art is creating reality. And this is soul. Being, creating.
He says for an artist that artist is person with his head high in the clouds but with legs and body that are stongly grounded and rooted on earth.
And when he talks, you can see that he is not talking like a normal human being. You can see that in his flesh, his body is a person that is transformed and that understoods a life.
Some of his quotes:
“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”
“There are only three things to be done with a woman. You can love her, suffer for her, or turn her into literature.”
“Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.”
Dario Ples, 12.7.2017.