This is the first artwork both started and completed since joining Artfinder - what an unexpected outcome!
Since restarting life involved with the visual arts in 1993, I have spoken of having identified five requirements needed to practice as an artist. They are, in no particular order, (i) The wish to do so, (ii) the time to do it, (iii) a place to do it (no matter where), (iv) some materials with which to work (no matter what) and, (v) most importantly, Something to say! Realising this last requirement came as something of bombshell to me; it took a lot of understanding!
On looking at this resultant ‘Five Pillars of Creativity’, I admit to being somewhat bemused.
Is this resulting, mad concoction of disparate elements just a visual pot-pourri, or is this resulting composition a concise expression of what I wanted to say in the first place? All I know is that, having started with some spray paint overspill on an old bed sheet, I set to using collage materials, various paints, reclaimed wood and the best of intentions. I knew I wanted to express what I felt about that involuntary curse called creativity; I say that, because I wonder if life wouldn’t have been easier if I had studied to be a stockbroker or something like that, rather than training in art.
Damn creativity! Unless you can sell the result, it gets in the way of making a living.
However generous or meagre one’s artistic talent may be, there is something obsessing, ineluctable in one’s identifying with the calling to create.
Anyway, having found a muse, this picture identifies five pillars of creativity as being : (i) Organic creativity itself, (ii) A suitable language in which to create, (iii) Articulating the grammar and syntax of that language, (iv) Respondent materials with which to work and (v) - Very distant from the starting point, the context in which we find ourselves operating, i.e. everything in time and space that we are not.
Mixed Media : Printed images fixed within acrylic varnish; oil, acrylic and heavily pigmented spray paints, moulded plastic, polyester fibre and metal objects placed on canvas over board within a wooden construction.