madeleine l'engle was known for all of this, and more. but, to me, she was even more. i referred to it in a post back in february, but if it were not for l'engle's book "Walking on Water," i would probably not be making collages and asking questions about what it means to create in a postmodern context. i hate saying that i am an artist (i am trying to get over this), but if i am an artist at all, it is in part because of madeleine l'engle.
"A great painting, or symphony, or play, doesn't diminish us, but enlarges us, and we, too, want to make our own cry of affirmation to the power of creation behind the universe. This surge of creativity has nothing to do with competition, or degree of talent....This response on the part of any artist is the need to make incarnate the new awareness we have been granted through the genius of someone else."
time and time again madeleine has inspired and encouraged me to continue to try and make cosmos out of chaos, to participate in the divine act of creating, in the image of the one who created all this wild beauty around me. more than anything else, i think, l'engle helped articulate what was wordlessly and formlessly hovering in my soul. she named it and helped me see the shape of it. she was an amazing christian woman, and we should all know that we have lost an artist, an encourager, a friend, and a witness to the amazing miracle of this living.
for more on l'engle:
her wikipedia here.
an obituary here.
a tribute here.