Start with a box:
I see pixels much like human cells. Each is individually contained, consisting of a somewhat unique code of existence, yet they communicate and fit together with others producing an interesting outward-facing image. I wonder what breaking down our human reality into water, protein, DNA, or carbohydrate molecules does for our knowledge of our basic existence. What does that say about how we exist and navigate in the world today? I wonder what that looks like visually.
These thoughts have been occupying my mind lately as I embark on creatively and visually processing information. I have been filling my box, as Twyla Tharp suggests with research and information as I move forward.
I have come to believe that creativity is like the pixel or molecule, it is a basic element or foundation of art, or at least that’s the way it should be thought of. I think though it often becomes forgotten or maybe taken for granted in the art studio classroom. But, it shouldn’t be. It takes work, and needs structure to be learned and used in and beyond the art studio room. I have also come to believe that ambiguity keeps us from appreciating and utilizing this most basic of art’s functions as artists and art teachers. To deal with the little phrase of I don’t know can be monumental for some or if not most.
Starting with what you know, and filling the box with notes and inspiration and research of what you don’t know is key.
My fear factor today is low. I have lots of ideas, so much so that I need to slow it down and remember small moves. “All you can work on today is directly in front of you. Your job is to develop an imagination of the possible” (Bayles & Orland, 1993, p. 16).