New wall sculpture forming out of torn pieces of paper. Layering, peeling back, painting in some parts….seeing what shape it will take.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
I’ve been in a creative limbo time for a bit and it’s been frustrating. One can’t really control these things, or wish them away when they appear. Such is life for everyone, huh. I certainly don’t have any answers about any of it. But it does feel like I am in the midst of a shift. It may be just a temporary one, or it may become a new direction. The outcome is not clear (nor is it the point, I might add).
So anyway, the thought occurred to me today, what if I just take on creative projects that only involve working with other people collaboratively for a period (as opposed to the typical solo art projects that drive most artist careers). This idea has been brewing in me for quite a while. Right now, anything outside of the creative box I’ve been in will be a good thing, is what I’m thinking. The more divergent the path, the better. Maybe it will end up being a somewhat inadvertent, unplanned experiment.
So on that note, this weekend I am helping out a yarn bombing group in downtown Los Angeles (for those unfamiliar with yarn bombing, look here). I do not knit, but I can sew (barely), and we are sewing together knitted pieces for a large public installation in Grand Central Market. The finished product will be unveiled in November. Also in the works is a photography project involving a friend’s collection of vintage chairs and Venice alleyways.
Random experiments are good, especially in a creative field. They almost always lead to something fresh.
I’m one who likes to know the big picture in life. But sometimes, life circumstances affect us in such a way that knowing the big picture is not really possible. We are then forced to live a bit more daily.
But sometimes daily is ok (and even freeing) because we end up finding out that each day is actually sufficient, that nothing is lacking. Sometimes we don’t need the overarching plan. Sometimes the overarching plan gets in the way of the here and now. And it’s in the here and now where we’re being given what we need.