Elizabeth Smart: The Shifting Boundary between Nature and Art
Elizabeth Smart 's writings--her theory and practice of art-- present patterns of change and constancy. Art, initially constituted in an entwined and supportive inter-relation of nature, love/passion, God, ir.spiration :and will, is in its maturity generated from within a dissolution of the supportive context. Art finds its power of expression in opposition to nature and in the absence of God. By Grand Centnl Station I Sat Down and Wept presents art in its true creativity: creating unity from a central visionary perspective. From this point onwards art falls away from its metamorphic principle of transformation, in an enforced exile, and in the later works becomes an expression of the radical separation of nature (and love/passion) from the visionary perception. Art without a supportive environment is actualized in a self-referential creation, a "magic marriage of words," that is still, however, a transformation (of tragedy into comedy) and an expression of a potentially redemptive God-like wrath and will.
Scammell, J. (1988). Elizabeth Smart: The Shifting Boundary between Nature and Art.