I can't believe I have to type that. It seems self-evident. It is surprisingly-often overlooked. It sounds like nonsense, but when it's a principle that's actually followed, it goes so deep.
2. Art allows the audience to touch their kryptonite without being destroyed.
When you focus on something weighty and intense in art, the art must carry weight. Its job is to relieve the spectator of debilitating amounts of weight. Art protects. (This image of going into the molten core, wearing a protective suit. Art is the protective suit.) Art allows change through being moved while being accompanied.
3. Heading into the molten core / being moved without immediate understanding can only happen with trust.
Trust-earning needs to be built into the art. (How is the audience to know that the protective suit won't rupture? The opening act needs to include a testing of seams and seals.)
4. Trust matters ----> Art is not a trick.
It can involve skill and technique but it is not a trick. It can involve fiction but it is not a trick. It can involve illusion but it is not a trick. The artist needs to apply all her intelligences. It needs to come from all of her. It needs to respect all of you.