Rudolf Steiner describes the new approach to the arts in the following way: that we need to develop a form of artistic creativity which enables a new kind of thinking as an experience of a spiritual reality in the beholder. At the same time this is the ideal of our work in the Visual Arts Section. The artistic presentations and architectural forms that are created in this way can be compared in their effect on the viewer with those experiences acquired in meditative practice. Only, the artist works with tools which are aimed at forming something with a sense-perceptible appearance, while the meditating individual is working with soul-spiritual tools. The material created in this way can lead immediately to spiritual experiences. The aim of this kind of art is to stimulate the viewer in such a way that he or she becomes receptive to the spirit. The artistic tools used, such as colour, form and space, need to be employed in such a way that they serve both the living nature of the work of art and the viewer’s understanding. An example of this might be the principle of metamorphosis, which intends to stimulate and move the viewer’s thinking and awaken an awareness for the forces invisibly at work within the process of transformation.
Holding to this goal puts any individual artist and his or her creative work in permanent conflict with the changing times. What longings, intentions and explorations are living in the art and architecture of the age in which we are living? Do we understand them? Can anthroposophy provide us with relevant responses to them? The Visual Arts Section aims to work on this area of conflict and support artists in finding their way within this. At this first Section conference after the outbreak of the Corona virus pandemic our aim is to focus on our spiritual resources and practice. There will be the opportunity to reflect on the common foundations of the fields of architecture, sculpture, painting, jewellery and graphic design and to hold in-depth discussions in the individual subject groups.