Profound wisdom / insight of the day

“Abstract art can stand in meaningful relation to your own perception, you can move across a canvas in a way that you move through the spaces of the world… notions of space like proximity and distance can be revealed by moving across a canvas with a brush”

Albert Irvin

Profound wisdom / insight of the day

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“An artist is a political being, constantly alive to heart-rending, fiery or happy events to which he responds in every way… Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It’s an instrument of war for attack and defence against the enemy.”

Pablo Picasso

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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Research Observations: the power of the post-it

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  • We have to destroy in order to create.
    Birth and destruction are a part of life. In order to create we must first destroy.
    So often when trying to resolve a painting we must destroy the very element we like most about the piece.  In search of resolving a painting, one re-works and re-works the entire piece with the exception of our favourite part, resulting in an uneven composition. When our hand is forced to re-work our favourite element it is staggering just how quickly a piece can come together.
  • “We execute a skill best in the place wherein it was developed”.
    I read this quote a number of days ago and have found it never far from my consciousness ever since. Creeping back into my thoughts whenever I have an idle few moments.

    Environment

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    The context of the quote was discussing the associations formed between environment and the process of education. However upon reading it, I was transported back to an old studio I inhabited a number of years ago. I recall after reflecting on the paintings I’d created in the studio, I observed the pieces were immediate products of their environment, and possessed a’dialogue’ with the environment in which they were created. So much so, that to exhibit them out of their original context would mean loosing much of their meaning and relevance. For creatives especially, the environment one resides / creates in (both physically and mentally), is of paramount importance. It not only has the ability to enhance what we do, through the likes of ambient music for example, but also feed into and grow our chosen practice or discipline.
  • The power of the post-it.
    The sheer impact that a daily and weekly to-do list scrawled upon the humble post-it can have upon ones life is simply breathtaking.