Art Is Not a One-Way Street

25 Dec 2012

It goes without saying that making art is not a creative process that only goes one way. No matter what cleaned-up biographies or histories I've read about great American painters or Old Masters, I know that there is no neat and straightforward path where logic rules when it comes to art. In fact, it seems to me that art-making is just the opposite: It's a little messy, definitely confusing (at least for me!), and you have to be open to the whims of the muse. And she can take some roundabout ways of getting to where we want to go.

Caption: Goldin photographed paintings by Pontormo, Pierre-Narcisse Guérin, Zurbarán, and others at the Louvre and placed them side by side with her own works--showing how artistic inspiration can be so close, no matter the timespans that separate the works or their original media.

Goldin photographed paintings by Pontormo, Pierre-Narcisse Guérin,
Zurbarán, and others at the Louvre and placed them side by side
with her own works--showing how artistic inspiration can be so close, no
matter the timespans that separate the works or their original media.

But drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and all the rest--they are all equal in the creative energy they allow us to utilize when we are pursuing them, so I try not to be hard on myself when I feel the urge to jump around and try new things--or reuse known art techniques in new ways.

And when other artists come to me saying the same thing--that they are interested in many artistic endeavors and don't want to pursue just one--I cheer them on. There's no reason to feel abashed about that. In fact, I think it is the way we start to realize our full potential as artists.

Constantly, I am reminded of--and excited by--this "road diverges" mentality when I see art online that is being made in so many different ways. Young artists are using technology to make digital art--and some established artists are trying it too. Artists that I meet talk to me about how they work in so many processes, from different methods in painting to graphic design to architecture.

Photographer Nan Goldin created a whole photo installation and slide-show series based on centuries-old sculpture and painting from the Louvre in parallel with her own autobiographical images. To see a contemporary artist's work having a conversation with works of the Old Masters makes me realize that artistic inspiration is all around us, and that we can be inspired by and work in so many ways and with so many resources.

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April Lang wrote
on 26 Dec 2012 6:58 AM

Beautiful  time is nothing.....creativity goes on indefinitely

April Lang wrote
on 26 Dec 2012 6:59 AM

Beautiful  time is nothing.....creativity goes on indefinitely