The Wonder of Helen Keller, The Arts, & Rob Allen" (R.Allen)
Helen Keller once said, “I who am blind can give one hint to those who see- one admonition to those who would make full use of the gift of sight: Use your eyes as if tomorrow you would be stricken blind, And the same method can be applied to the other senses. Hear the music of the voices, the song of the birds, the mighty strains of an orchestra , as if you were to be stricken deaf tomorrow. Touch each object you want to touch as if tomorrow your tactile sense would fail. Smell the perfume of the flowers, Taste with relish each morsel, as if tomorrow you could never smell and taste again. Make the most of every sense”
So I write now for those with the ears to hear, the vision to see, and the intelligence to comprehend.
The hands of the muses have been laid upon me. I create as one possessed by a demon, by a whole horde of demons. You can feel them in the air around me, capering frenetically; with their invisible feet they set the pace, I know when my hair stands on end and my eyes feel like their coming out of the sockets, I work hard and fast to keep up with them.
ART is not something I do, it is something I AM! I’ve sacrificed wild freedom to the goddess that is ART.
I was born painting and drawing. When realizing I’d acquired musical vision, I worked like a fool slave all day in some sweaty hellhole while practicing all night.
I AM an inspired man. Every atom of me is inspired, you might say; almost separately.
Whether someone is there or not, I stamp my feet, toss my head, sway and swing to and fro: make strange faces, almost irresistibly comical, work strings and keys with my brows knit, lips singing or soundless working to the creation.
I refuse to follow trends. I refuse to follow “Art Movements”. They are not considered when I create.
Beliefs people live and die for have, and do go out of fashion.
The ONE woman that purchased a painting by Van Gogh at an art fair, she did not just Look, She “SEEN”, and did so more intensely then others.
If Shakespeare was putting on a play near you, would you go see it?
In the beginning Picasso was laughed at!
Now I’ve given everyday, and every night to the practice of the ARTS.
Now I AM a beautiful and complicated SONG!
People are uncomfortable with the strange excitement while n my presence.
I AM now something the world must contend with. I present something completely NEW!
Drop away the sheepish preconceptions “Mother Culture” has imposed on you.
USE YOUR SENSES! All I’ve created I have done so to awaken FEELINGS!
I do NOT stand on the shoulders of giants, We are one, we share the same muses.
I am a culmination of the art of all ages.