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Art and/as Process – Sanding the cushion pad on magnet

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Picture a snake eating its own tale. It’s a good way to illustrate the creative process. There is no real beginning and end to it: we do things, absorb things some consciously most subconsciously, we doodle, tinker, make to-do lists, deal with logistics, and here and there we mark the cycle with ‘works of art’.

     Having been engaged in this process professionally for over a decade, with some extremely prolific periods, I realized that the artwork in itself is merely the tip of the ice berg. Most people experience art in its ‘final’ form; after the artist, having reached a certain climax with an idea steps back and hands it over to the environment where time and context take over the shaping of the piece.

     That said please take this idea of ‘climax’ with a grain of salt. What this and future videos in the “Art and/as Process” series will focus on are the activities that are part of the creative process, some of which may be obvious others I hope will be surprising. I want to show the everyday, ‘mundane’ aspects of bringing a work of art to existence. I hope to demystify the notion of the ‘artist’ grounding it in everyday activity that overtime results in the acquisition of ideas, creative and hands on skills as well as experiences which in turn are recycled back as artworks, the snake eating its own tale.


The music heard in the background is from the Mule Variations album by Tom Waits, “What is he Building?”

 

 

 

Blog: What, why, when, where and how?

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I am starting this blog to explore the notion of Art &/as Process.

To me a work of art is not a static object but one which shifts in form, meaning and interpretation. As an artist I am involved in all the stages, some more obvious than other in the life cycle of a work of art.

I will use this blog to address different aspects of my creative process not shying away form the everyday mundane aspects of bringing a work of art to existence.  I hope to demystify the notion of the ‘artist’ grounding it in everyday activity that overtime results in the acquisition of ideas, creative and hands on skills as well as experiences which in turn are recycled back as artworks.

This blog will include writing, images and video connected to my interests, research and work process. Post frequency is likely to vary, but my overall goal is to have one a month.

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