I squealed like an excited toddler when I watched Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas recently. Zarkana was a phenomenal show. There was the usual dare devil trapeze artists and hire wire stunts that make your heart leap out of your chest. The visuals were stunning including a giant CGI of a snake. For me though, the major highlight of the show was the inclusion of a sand artist. Wow! I loved that drawing was featured as entertainment. I have always found it mesmerizing to watch someone draw live and I was thrilled to see that the audience around me did too. She quickly sketched out a scene using her fingers and just as you’re realizing what she created, she wipes it out with a swipe of her hand to start another. The sand was spread on a light table in front of her and projected onto a large screen. The lack of permanence might be what is so intriguing. Watching someone create something beautiful and have the confidence to wash it away in a single stroke is a rarity in art. As visual artists, most of us look to create a permanent fixture. Yes, we tell ourselves that the journey and creation is the important part but we often forget this. What is the reason we create in the first place? It’s enjoyable. For myself, drawing is just plain fun. It can be a complete zen moment. I would like to thank the Cirque sand artist for reminding me to enjoy the journey and act of creation and be in the moment.
If you’d like to see for yourself, check out this wonderful sand artist here: http://sand-artist.com/
Or go see Zarkana: http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/zarkana/default.aspx
And if you’d like to see my work: http://www.karenwolcott.com