February 25th, 2013 - 12:59 PM
We as artist strive to say something that is meaning full to us, that touches others, and unloosens our emotions from bodies. But somewhere along the way of expression, we slam into perfections. It's like a sirens call. Our work would be perfect if ____. Fill in what ever lame excuse we heap up on are art abilities (or lack there of) and whine.
This strive for perfection kills our art. It makes artist into zombies of what others think our work should be. And we lose the magic. We kill our own impulses to create. So while we whine and moan about no one understand us and what we are doing, we choke off any creative juices that are left in us.
Instead of trying to hide our flaws why not look to the Japanese for wisdom. "When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful." ~Barbara Bloom This ability to understand that all flaws are precious and needed is missing from our culture today.
So go ahead, dare to stretch your art abilities you may not master the style but learn a new technique that you love. Dare. Change. And most importantly, fill your own cracks with gold.
With a gold tooth bling,
Every Struggling Artist