File puptcrit/puptcrit.0412, message 33

Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 11:14:48 -0600
Subject: [Puptcrit] 3 Elements & other stuff (was: Puppets and Politics)

On Dec 2, 2004, at 12:34 PM, Christopher Hudert wrote:
> ...While I don't know that I agree exactly with your assertion of what 
> comprises art, I would...

1st of all I did not assert WHAT comprises art. In fact the WHAT is 
left out of my 3 point description of the THREE ELEMENTS that make up 
any and every work of art: 1) Subject Matter (the what); 2) FORM (the 
how); and 3) CONTENT (the why).

2nd, it is not my assertion,  but a traditional one that I have have 
come upon literally dozens of times, asserted by academics, historians, 
critics and experienced artists. Part of becoming an artist is becoming 
educated in the history and practice of the art form and tradition. 
Plus the 3 element paradigm provides a functional way to discuss and 
understand what goes into the labor of the artist and the resulting 

3rd, the WHAT is outside the puppeteer's (or any artists) area of 
direct control. WHAT a work of art is or WHAT is a work of art are the 
purview of those who perceive the artists work. Many of us aspire to be 
artists and to have our work identified and categorized as art, but 
other than being true to our intentions, we are not the ones who decide 
the final WHAT regarding our own work.
> as there are puppets used in other religious ways - Indian, Jewish, 
> and so on. If you don't care for these discussions, again, the delete 
> button is your friend.
  Finally, I have not been able to find out much about the traditional 
use of puppetry within Jewish cultural traditions. I am less interested 
in contemporary work and more about past traditions and practices. Any 
info, links, pointers will be greatly appreciated. Specifically I would 
like to find out if any puppeteers have used puppetry to explore, 
illustrate and tell Jewish Essene tales, teachings and concepts.

And, if you have read this far, as long as I have your attention: I 
would really like to read about people on this list who work pretty 
much exclusively in one specific puppet form, say Rod Puppets, or 
Marionettes, or Shadow Puppets, rather than a variety of forms. What I 
would like to read about is what led you to working in the form you 
chose and why you chose that form over others.

"I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive." - Albert 
List address:
Admin interface:


Driftline Main Page


Display software: ArchTracker © Malgosia Askanas, 2000-2005