Over at her Cloth Company blog, Dee Mallon moderated an interesting discussion about art and process the other day (here), about creative approaches--planned vs. improvisational or a mix. She got me to thinking so I tossed in my two-bits worth:
"The day I had something to say was the day I finally got it together as an artist (first Gulf War, as a matter of fact). So obviously, most of my work is gut-wrenching, idea-driven. That being said, I plan very little and the process unfolds as I go. Here’s the thing: I expect to be dazzled. The final piece will go far beyond my wildest imaginings and that’s what I love. Dazzle me! (Why would I do it if I knew how it was going to look???) For this to happen, however, most of my work is over a long period of time, which allows me to discover so many things about process. I gave up counting time (and money) long ago. Just dazzle me!"
Ok, sometimes things don't work out so well, but, I've been at this long enough to know that generally, the art work will speak to me at the end and I will be surprised, delighted, and especially dazzled. My feeling is always of wonder: "Oh my gosh, I had no idea I could do this" despite the terrible issues that drive my work, the scream from the guts.
Dee found the idea of "Dazzle me!" to be novel, which surprised me (I thought everybody saw creative process this way) and made me realize that this has been formulating someplace in the back of my mind for awhile.
So there it is. I'm glad I finally figured this out. Some people pick a new word for the coming year. Mine's for a lifetime. Dazzle me!
Linked to Nina Marie's "Off the Wall Friday."