Since the dawn of our species, human potential has been pulled forward by the new generation of artists and creative minds who were comfortable at the leading edges of possibility.

Just think about the first human being who thought to put a chunk of raw meat on a stick and hold it over a fire, and how random that must have seemed to onlookers. What about the Wright Brothers? Make no mistake, they had neighbors and friends who thought the concept of human flight was a waste of time.

Image: determined child wearing wings

Image source: TABBERT

We often forget that today’s experimentation may be tomorrows invention of electricity, Velcro or radar. But Innovators in art have probably been met with the most consistent critique, since the first cave paintings.

That’s what’s inspiring about today’s featured “thought leaders”, Alexa Meade and Sheila Vand. While they each have a body of work that pushes at different edges of the envelope in “traditional” art, today we are looking at a very unique collaboration between them.

Take a look at this short video from Corpmedia AG that highlights their art form via a live performance:

Via: Corpmedia 1

So why is the work of each new generation of artists, like Alexa Meade and Sheila Vand’s, important? Where does this work fit into the continuum of history? Does it even matter?

Well, think of it this way: we can never predict which “crazy idea” will be the next “big thing”. Everything new matters. Every innovation, from the discovery of coffee, to the invention of the first telescope, started with a single thought imagined by someone who connected things that no one had previously considered (like, say, paint and milk!)

So Alexa and Sheila take their place in a long line of artistic innovators, and now that we put their creativity in the light of history, maybe there is not that much distance between painting on a cave wall or in a pool of milk.

Stay open, curious and hopeful!

~ Dr. Lynda

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Notes:

  1. Meade, Alexa, and Sheila Vand. “Astonishing Performance Art by Alexa Meade // Sheila Vand.” YouTube. Corpmedia, 5 Aug. 2014. Web. 16 Oct. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLI512yWXXk>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.