Jump! Friday January 28, 2005, 2 comments

A friend recently commented on my creative slump. He suggested that perhaps I am trying too hard. There is definite merit in this, but I cannot and will not accept that I am trying to hard.

I explained to him that I feel on the cusp of a leap to a new level of understanding (at least in terms of visual art). I keep leaping, trying to grab the ledge of this new level and pull myself up, and every time I jump, I get just a tiny bit closer, but end up standing in the same place I was. I’ll keep jumping, and I’ll keep grasping, and some day I’ll pull myself up onto that new plateau and start exploring.

But until then, I have to keep striving. I cannot stop jumping, or I’ll never reach the ledge. There is not easy way up to it, and there’s not shortcuts. Trying too hard CAN choke you creatively, but the difference between what I’ve been doing and trying too hard is that I have NEVER tried for force my work. I try and I try to open my “innocent eye” but I never – EVER – try to force something onto the canvas, torturing contrast into some horrific stillbirth of my creative misery.

You can’t force it. But you can keep leaping for that ledge. And I will keep leaping, till I finally get there. In the mean time you’ll all just have to suffer along with me.


Comments

Jorge Friday January 28, 2005


Hmmm.

I think the problem is that we as humans tend to examine ourselves too much, and still miss the obvious. Certainly you THINK that you do not force your work, but how do you know, really? You would need to step completely outside of yourself to make this assertion (or opinion of lack of assertion).

I’ll offer some advice. Chill.

Not meant in a condescending way, certainly.

I will use the almighty Capoeira as an analogy. There was a movement I was trying to get. No matter how I tried, how hard I tried, or how many times I tried I couldn’t get it. Then I felt a cold coming on, and avoided class for the week so as not to get anyone else sick. When I went back a week after, relaxed and fresh, the movement came to me automatically.

Chill.

Physics Boy Wednesday April 20, 2005


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