Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"How can one articulate the process of creating and not just the product of creating? - A Conversation between two artist.

"How can one articulate the process of creating and not just the product of creating? - A Conversation between two artist.

Its been quiet sometime since my last post. In the last few months I have made some big changes in life. I chose to leave the safety of a regular corporate job to follow a dream. So I have been following a creative process to understand me and find answers to some of the centric question of my life. I would love for my friends to be a part of this amazing process which I am going through, but as my friend has rightly stated the product rarely explains the process and thought that goes in a piece of art. The question is "How can an Artist articulate the process of creating?" so that everyone feels the emotions that goes behind the beautiful imagery.

Below is an extract from a conversation that a fellow artist and friend and I had a couple days back.. dwelling and trying to find an answer.

Millie: Would love to put an show together with words and images
Joy: Its a good idea... sometimes I think a few words help others understand the view point/process/thought of an artist that goes into the work.

Millie: Agreed. Although some might argue that to experience art is to do so without words but with emotion. I'm not sure how I stand on this one. Depends on the day I suppose.
Joy: same here:) But I guess years of corporate conditioning has made me be very consumer focused. If we want to make the masses understand and appreciate art we need to put our emotions into words and help them see and feel it. Its a process for them too... once they understand the thought behind a piece of art is when they will truly appreciate it... otherwise its just a beautiful image to them.

Millie: Good explanation. I think that a lot of times people are too busy to stop and feel or experience something. We are conditioned to wait until someone tells us how we should feel and how we should act. This is the very reason it is hard to have people (even your closest friends) understand abstract work. The process is lost and the product rarely exemplifies the process. So we have to educate.
Joy: Yes the onus is on us to educate them and make them a part of the process. Sometimes though its difficult to put in the exact magnitude of thought and emotion into a few words and there lies our biggest challenge.
And it is not easy to explain how we see the world in its very basic, stripped down abstract form.
I was just reading Laura's latest blog and this question stood up: "How can one articulate the process of creating and not just the product of creating?" very interesting and I guess as artists all of us are trying to find a answer to this in our own ways.

Millie: I definitely think that this is the biggest difference between an "artist" and a "craftsman". It is being able to approach your work as a process to experience and not just a product to fabricate. I find that the disconnect is when you try to sell the "products" of both. It is much easier to buy or collect something that you understand and can use and much harder to take a chance on something that has yet to reveal its usefulness and value.
Joy: And almost always the functional utility of a product wins...

And the question still remains…

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