Oliver Nassar


In every poem, sculpture, story, fable, drawing, there is an idea. Perhaps not new, or unique, or untold, but an idea:

That we are never truly alone.
That ourselves is all we have.

That our fear and and battles derive of insecurity.
That they are the artifacts of unfulfilled hope.

I however see the power in the articulation of the idea, rather than the idea itself.

A person can read a poem, and feel their life changing word by word. Is there anything unique in it? In the idea, objectively speaking? Most likely not, but the ability to articulate the process of discovering the idea; to put something, both as simple and complex, as love, or lonesomeness, or fear, into a collection of words. The connection that a poem can create between the audience and the idea. That is what is so remarkable.

In realizing this, one could accept that everyone has the capability for such profound thoughts. The way a painting can express love is not due to the painters ability to grasp a concept that is foreign to us. It's that s/he has found a way to act as a medium for that emotion. The fact that we can be moved by such a painting suggests that we ourselves have the capacity to understand it. The painting is simply able to articulate it in a way we can connect with.

Therefore, while each of us has the want to articulate our emotions, perhaps we don't all have the power to. We look to those who've sharpened their craft, and found their voice, to guide us.

But how is it that we can't summon our articulations, despite having the idea or emotion ourselves?

Perhaps it's that we're not in touch with our internal interactions. From a young age, we're taught that our lives involve the interactions of the world we can see, and touch, and move within. That our experiences will, primarily, be those that happen to us, rather than within us. Perhaps we start with a blank slate; the capability to express our inner most experiences and emotions (while perhaps in an limited way). And as time goes on, this intrinsic ability, fades. Perhaps, because it isn't nurtured.

Is it brushed aside to make way for more practical experiences? Those of social interaction, professional ambition and personal support?

I posit that everyone has the capability to deeply move others; to express an emotion in a clear and profound way. That this capacity comes to those who find a way to connect, truly, with themselves. Who have spent an intimate length of time within their creative medium of choice to comprehend how to reveal this emotion.

For those of us without this capability, perhaps we need to embrace solitude. To regulate how much priority is given to those experiences that derive from what we can see, rather than what we can feel.