Sunday, December 11, 2011
The process of making art might be a practice akin to yoga, in that it needs to be cultivated and exercised on a regular routine. For myself, I need to be able to get deep into my work even if I have only 20 minutes in which to work. At the same time, I need to be ok with the thought that I may need to procrastinate and percolate ideas. That I might need that day to go on a hike, or go shopping or clean house. I'm a huge advocate of mileage. Make art. Do it with whatever you have on hand. Do it as much as humanly possible and with passion but sometimes that just doesn't work. It just doesn't reside in you that particular day or time.
Being a working artist means that you are embracing the idea that you are making art then you are going to sell it as a product. These thoughts are not always in concert with one another. First of all, if you start with the idea that you are producing a product, is it art? Maybe. Maybe not. For me, the process guides the way to the end result, which is sometimes a piece worthy to bring to the public in some form or another with the thought that I will sell it. I try to approach my time in the studio as an exploration, rather than production with the idea that something may percolate to the top but maybe not. I try to be o.k. with that. Uncertainty is certain. Change is certain.
As a working artist I'm embracing technology and traditional art making tools and materials. High tech, low tech. Being able to bounce between these worlds and enjoy both is essential for my day to day routine. Approaching the unfamiliar with curiosity and a little bravery is part of this for me and not letting the little doubts about my skills or knowledge stop me from trying something, be that a new social networking thing like twitter or a less familiar tool in painting. Being grateful and curious leads me in the right direction. Not knowing what the end result will be and being o.k. with that. Just like life!
Embracing the idea of making art in the this world, not an idealized one. I can make meaningful art and make cookies. I can do math and do art. I can take on many roles and preserve the integrity of each. Everything is available to me.