Facing the Collage

My original plan was to spend five years learning the art of drawing. Two years in, my master-plan has taken on a life of its own, and I am no longer in control of my evolution …

Random Placement Collage no 1

There seems to be an incommensurable difference between looking at art from a theoretical point of view (as I used to do), and making art (as I have started doing).


Random Placement Collage no 2

As an artist one can not lay a Cartesian (analytical) grid over ones work. In other words: the essence of being an artist is not knowing – is experimentation – if you already know what is going to happen, you are not making art …

As an artist you will be surprised and overjoyed by your own creations, did I really make this?! But you will also be terrified: Having to accept making things you never planned for, and even worse; you never would have wanted to do – if you had a choice …

Random Placement Collage no 8

To all viewers but yourself, what matters is the product: the finished artwork. To you, and you alone, what matters is the process: the experiences of shaping that artwork. The viewers’ concerns are not your concerns (although it’s dangerously easy to adopt their attitudes.) Their job is wahtever it is: to be moved by art, to be entertained by it, to make a killing off it, whatever. Your job is to learn to work on your work.

David Bayles

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Gunta says:

    Love seeing and following the process, but most of all must thank you for the final quote!

  2. Sigrun says:

    It’s from my favorite book on making art: Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by D. Bayles, T. Orland

  3. bluebrightly says:

    I love that quote. You seem to have transitioned from one mindset to another very smoothly, but I’m sure there were, and are, plenty of bumps on the road. The collages are wild! And fun, for sure. May your master plans always take on lives of their own.

  4. Oh, I love these results! Whimsical and intriguing!! Yes, master plans have a way of changing on us, which is often all to the good.

  5. Sand says:

    Wow. Reading this, ‘the essence of being an artist is not knowing – is experimentation – if you already know what is going to happen, you are not making art …’, gave me goosebumps. I just found your blog today and I’m enjoying the dives into your perspective. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you – and welcome!

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