The love of beauty is taste…The creation of beauty is art.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
We’ve seen this quote, we’ve felt this quote, we’ve lived this quote; but have we known this quote? Rarely do people include the ellipses because it seems more poignant to have two mutually exclusive sentences, but there’s so much missing that I had to uncover. The missing portion?
Others have the same love in such excess, that, not content with admiring they seek to embody it in new forms.
I understand the point of leaving that out; the two sentences seem to sum everything up nicely. But that sentence itself speaks volumes to me, and many artists, at their beginning stages of discovery. I can’t simply admire art anymore; I have to become part of it, I have to actively participate, I have to verbify my appreciation.
Emerson crafted essays based on his philosophical and moral theories and “wrote about nature as a revealer of spiritual truths.” His beliefs, like mine, were based on the beauty that surrounds us and drives us to action. I strive to embody art in a new form both as a remix and an homage, and blend of old and new mediums.
I’ve admired quotes and art so much that I can no longer sit around and relish in it; I need to partake in its depth. As I discover the value my pieces are to myself and create value for others, I keep this quote in mind because it signifies that in between point when you’re beginning the journey. I want to create a stage for these words that lets others love them in such excess that they too feel compelled to embody art in all forms.
 Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Nature, and Other Addresses. New York: Alden, 1886. Hathi Trust Digital Library. Web. 23 Feb. 2014. <http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=njp.32101068597879;view=1up;seq=5>.