Profound wisdom / insight of the day

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“The thing about being an artist is that you are always a stranger… because one’s always a stranger its nice to find a place where it is natural to be one.”

Howard Hodgkin

Profound wisdom / insight of the day

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“The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.”

Marcel Duchamp

Research Observations: 28/2

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Some thoughts, reflections and observations from todays research meeting.


Writing:

  • Importance of writing about the work as it is being created: tests whether one thoroughly understands the implications of what they’re doing, whilst clarifying and recording the processes by which it is done.
    –  Keep a diary open at all times so as recording observation and reflection become a continuous process.

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Profound wisdom / insight of the day#

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“Sooner or later every one of a painter’s possessions will get stained. First to go are the studio clothes and the old sneakers that get the full shower of paint every day. Next are the painter’s favourite books, the ones that have to be consulted in the studio. Then come the better clothes, one after another as they are worn just once into the studio and end up with the inevitable stain. The last object to be stained is often the living room couch, the one place where it is possible to relax in comfort and forget the studio. When the couch is stained, the painter has become a different creature from ordinary people, and there is no turning back…when every possession is marked with paint, it is like giving up civilian clothes for jail house issue. The paint is like a rash, and no matter how careful a painter is, in the end it is impossible not to spread the disease to every belonging and each person who visits the studio”.

James Elkins What Painting Is, p 148