Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sculpture and Creativity. Call it Fishing

Creating a new sculpture is like going fishing.

For everyone else, it's all about the fish you bring back. No one cares about your art until you make it. 

For this artist, it is the experience of getting back to nature. That's finding Nature with a capital N, both in the real world and inside of yourself. Finding that internal stillness where the chatter stops takes discipline, ignoring the other demands on your time.

Creating takes Silence and Listening.

Creating means refusing quick answers to questions that are still being formulated.
Then perhaps a beginning, often followed by more silence and listening. A call and response.
Technique is not enough to make good art. There must be thought and heart behind it.

What does it take for you to "go fishing?"


Cindy Michaud said...

good thoughts, I'll be pondering; it seems to strike me like lightening and then I have to sit silently to sort it all out. Fresh air is a definite ingredient!

John M. Casteline said...

You hit it right on the head. I've been fly fishing for over ten years now and I can count the number of fish I've caught on two hands. I still go out, because I enjoy "fishing" more than "catching". Also, being out in the stream, surrounded by nature is the most stress relieving thing I know.