The essence of Art Fast is to connect with the divine creative energy that resides within all of us. Art Fast participants fast on their creative process / daily distractions and rejuvenate / discover their creative spirit. THey do this consistently for 9 days. Fasting is a form of constraint and Art Fast is based on the premise that constraints can lead to creativity. The mode of participation depends on the individuals identifying themselves as creative/non-creative.
- For those who are already in a creative field: Fasting is equivalent to abstaining from usual art materials and art processes, and seeing how their creativity flows.
- For those who are not already in a creative field and wish to explore their creative side: Fasting is equivalent to removing daily distractions/hobbies and indulging in a creative challenge.
During the 9 days 3 primary forms* of the divine feminine are worshipped. Shakti – the warrior goddess, is worshipped to inspire courage and find our inner strength. Laxmi – the goddess of wealth, prosperity and beauty, is worshipped to help provide the means to live our daily lives in accordance with Dharma. Saraswati – the goddess of learning, wisdom and creativity, is worshipped to understand the truths underlying all existence. Participants are encouraged to find parallels in their Art Fast process and map their journey in a similar fashion.
On the 10th day, which is celebrated as a “day of victory” of the Goddess over the negative elements, This will be the day when Art Fast participants “Break the fast” and will be marked by an event in the form of an art gallery/social to which both participants and the general community are invited. On this day, Art Fast participants are encouraged to share their journey and celebrate with other participants and attendees.
Many of the artists who participated in the previous sessions of Art Fast reported having breakthroughs in their art practice.
* This is just one of the diverse traditions of Goddess worship in Hinduism.