About Edna Hibelís Philosophy
Values and moralities pervade Ednaís art. She is an advocate of civil society which can only be realized by a responsible citizenry that recognizes its obligations to one another: a caring citizenry that acts with empa≠thy and respect for the dignity of its fellow citizens.
Edna Hibel believes in virtue: high on the list is the virtue of accepting with equanimity the responsibility for facing up to the burdens that life offers. The joys of parenting cannot he realized without accepting the caring for and the nurturing of the children. Observe the serenity with which Ednaís mothers carry their children and babies and the resulting calm of the children. They are all embraced by an inner peace. The mothers seem to know instinctively where lies the better life.
This same inner peace can be seen in the attitudes and expressions of the people in her paintings of farmers working in the fields. There is no hint of weariness or resentment; only what might be called dedication to the tasks at hand and satisfaction with the results, and with the fact that they were allotted such an important assignment in life.
These are the ingredients for a true democratic society in which all indi≠viduals can reach their full potential and live lives of excellence, grace and beauty in harmony with their fellow citizens.
Edna Hibel is able to express this feeling of freedom through responsibili≠ty and empathy because her mastery and love of her media allow her to work with abandon and joie de vivre. Her subjects become infused with her delight in painting for its own sake. Remember, human beings are the only animals who laugh. To be human is to experience joy.
Hibelís art is the expression of her emotions, her spirit, and so becomes a philosophy with an immediacy in communicating ineffable values and moralities that cannot be verbally expressed. Values and moralities are embedded in the memory, or collective unconscious, of a society and culture that make continuity pos≠sible. They give a society a sense of historic purpose and destiny. As if to balance the technological tenor of modern life, Edna expresses for us the positive underlying currents of our society, perhaps of most societies.
In order for a society to have vitality and be dynamic, it must have a hopeful image of itself and its future. Edna Hibel supplies us with that image and shows us that through dedication, love, and a positive attitude we can look to the future with a light and optimistic heart.
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