i am curious about why people make things (not so much about ‘how’). i think to resist formula and repetition, someone has to really spend time (“haste is the enemy of art. art in it’s making and in its enjoying, demands long tracts of time“) to allow the act of creation to settle into a form. i think art itself is creative habitation…that is, living in a way that is outside of documentary (“art is visionary; it sees beyond the view from the window, even though the window is its frame“). with vision, one can create illusion and i believe illusion to be as real as your imagination allows. this is art’s reality.
so the question is: how do you come into this place? how do you step outside of the familiar day-to-day routines? how do you stop un-seeing?
i think being exact and clear is a good way to start. this allows intimacy and intimacy encourages understanding and observation. it reminds you to see things that are there every day (it dissolves the blindness of familiarity). it teaches you how to be comfortable in not always knowing where you are going and to trust in what observation and discovery and surprise might bring. it’s where making goes when it is beyond concept and driven by curiosity (interested to see how something evolves rather than trying to shape a preconceived idea). often times, the beginning form shifts as craft and possibility are applied. they become something else then originally imagined.
how feeling is imagined should perhaps be done dimensionally. look for un-known things (shine a flash light through the darkness and observing shadows upon the wall). sometimes, there is a moment when meaning appears. when the abstract becomes real. when it can be perceived (related to and understood) and translation is no longer required. knowing settles into every bone and muscle and floods the body with tangible feeling.
art isn’t scared of what will happen next. in fact, it uses consequence as traction and “turns time into energy, intensity and vision”. this is what allows transformation, rather than just documentation. art is energy, not artifact, and let’s you live in such a space if you are open to it. change, movement, feelings, form…run with it. see what is waiting and ready once you unleash the hounds.