Monday, May 18, 2009
Today I was in the mood for a quickie. I gave myself 15 minutes to create an art piece. This time limit included finding materials/images and creating the piece above. I wasn't methodical or precise, and I didn't focus on meaning or composition in a conscious way. I just let my body and intuition guide me.
During these 15 minutes I said to myself (mostly in my head, but occasionally aloud to my cats) things like, "yeah that feels right" and "okay, that works," and "uh-huh, yes." My body said yes: yes to letting go of a particular result, yes to not understanding, yes to going with the flow, and fittingly, yes to listening to myself.
Body-based art-making can be tremendously powerful. I would say that I create most of my art in this manner: I don't know where I am going with my creating, but I end up following a path that my intuition sets out before me. For those of you who are more precise and methodical with your art, but get stuck in your process now and then, this "quickie" exercise is a great way to burst any restrictive or self-critical bubbles you are encountering.
Set a timer and go! When the timer dings, you are done. Let yourself sit with your art just as it is, just as you might sit with yourself in meditation, listening to your breath, feeling the gurgle in your stomach, noticing the breeze against the back of your neck. Let your art piece be entirely itself without judging it. The piece represents one moment in time. Perhaps later you can revisit it to do your tinkering. But for now, it just is.
Here is your list: you, 15 minutes, and some art supplies. Go for it.