(I drafted this creative statement to accompany my photos at Stir last night in Albion. Read it and check out my pics here: http://photos.joelmaust.com/gallery/404964.)
I create because I was created.
Made in the image of God, our first longing should be to perform the act he first performed: create–and create with love and beauty and excellence, just as He did.
Our creations should be an outpouring of our passions, just like His were. They should reveal intricacies of the creator, just as His do. And they should be warred for and worthy of sacrifice, just as His are.
Our creations should be both complex and simple, both bold and subtle. They should shout and whisper, declare and conceal, cloud and unearth. Both mystery and revelation should emerge from our creations; surprise and understanding should be expected.
Creating is good, good, good, good, good and good. Creating wasn’t so much a choice of God’s as it was a product of who He is. And so it should be with us.
Chesterton says we are "statues of God walking about in a Garden." If creating was one of God’s most effective means of communicating love, then it must be one of ours, too.
The heavens were God’s creative palette–the earth is now ours.
Go, therefore, and create. Create with all the power and majesty and honor bestowed to you by your Maker. Burn for your creations, just as He does. Dream of your creations and love them, just like Him. Fill your days upon days with creativity, as He did.
And then rest and enjoy your creations–like Him.
Create because you were created.
(See me pictures here: http://photos.joelmaust.com/gallery/404964.)