The Imbuing

Art, Personal

“I am increasingly interested in creativity, craft, handiwork, trauma, joy, and the creation of Things. Where time goes when you are in a state of awe creating something. It starts to sound sloppy and overwrought when I describe it, and most disappointingly like “Flow” but it’s more than that. I just haven’t figured out how to express it yet.”

Spoke & Hub blog: Place & Shape

I’m just sharing a quick thought I had when reading a friend’s blog post because it connected with some ways I’m trying to think about art I can create and some specific projects I’m thinking about.

Where does time go when you’re in that creation state? I think it goes into what you’re working on. I probably mean that metaphorically. You’re imbuing your work with a snapshot of time that includes your emotions, thoughts, intentions. That’s why you just have to actually do your thing whatever it is: write, paint, make weird web page collages. It’s a reflection of you at that time.

When I’m really connecting with a song for example, I like to think to myself something like: I bet they were feeling very similar overall to how I feel right now. Their experiences as expressed in the lyrics may or may not be similar to why I feel the way I do, but we can connect on the emotions those experiences caused. Sorry dude, I know how that feels.

Maybe that work was just for you to express something to yourself in a clearer format than the dispersed thoughts and feelings in your body. Maybe you’re doing it in this format because you purposely want to connect with others who will understand. You may later come back to it and reshape it according to your new moods, but the old ones always survive in the layers and edits.

The meaning and feelings of a given piece of art, regardless of format, is what you put into it over all those sessions working on it. Or just that one moment.

I’ve come to accept that I’ll just always have a couple dozen open projects I want to work on. I iterate on each of them slowly. Sometimes it’s administrative work with no real spirit in it, but it’s prepping for the next time I do have something real to put in it. Other times I have too much of the real stuff and it bursts out in a complete work or sputters away because I don’t have the skill or bravery to get it all out.

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