Bridgewater, Australia

response to grev

A friend siad to me a while ago, thinking that I had not been able to pursue my art, ‘even the a little piece of work, a drawing, helps’. That’s not verbatim but it contains the gist of his sentiment. I agree with his comment. Artistic discovery often presents itself as a somewhat random inexplicable act. It seems to happen, come from nowhere and surprise us with its presence. Something coalescing from nothing is a hard notion to swallow. If that was the case why have so many artists toiled through the centuries to hone their ability (especially in the past) in an effort to create something exceptional. No matter what contemporary art tries to present ot us in its theoretical permutations practitioners are still avidly trying to gain attention. The most lasting measure of this is the profound work, in whatever guise it assumes (theoretical, aesthetic, conceptual). Therefore it would be a mistake to say sustained efforts in the now are not a reality. Here I can connect my friends comment and the ieda of the random emergence. Creative often seem random but I feel they emerge as a conglomerate, fused together from the creative accumulations stored in the subconscious. Making an artistic progression in that light is massively dependent upon sustained effort, otherwise there is no matter to gather. Now I respond to grev. Yes the power of the mind is strange and certainly a wonder even to us who are in turn of and in the mind. Can however we all achieve tasks that we see others accomplish. Sometines yes and others no. If an individual lacks the presence of mind and focus to continue, to be constant in their efforts then there will be no pool from which something will emerge.

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