Venturing into art


Venture noun: an undertaking involving uncertainty as to the outcome, especially a risky or dangerous one.

Venture verb: to take the risk of.

Venture verb (used without object): to make or embark upon a venture.

Venturing into art, I have been thinking about this:

  • What is the relationship between things I find beautiful, intriguing, interesting, eye-catching … and the things I myself will make?
  • How do the world feed and filter into my own making?
  • How do one progress from the mere making of nice things into the making of meaning?

Do you recognize any of these questions – if you do, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Some intriguing thoughts on making is to be found in this presentation of the American artist Louise Despont.

We do not serve our children, our friends and partners, our society by living partial lives, and being secretly depressed and resentful. We serve the world by finding what feeds us, and, having been fed, then share our gift with others.

—James Hollis

Louise Despont was born in 1983 in New York; she lives and works in New York and in Bali, Indonesia. 

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Great questions! I think about them, too, especially the third one. I also think a lot about where ideas come from, as the artist said in the video. I keep a drawer full of collected images, too. For inspiration, motivation, or just curiosity. Or just fun!

    1. Sigrun says:

      My questions sprang out of an online class I’m doing at the moment. The first lessen is all about collecting:

      “In Lesson 1 we will “gather and collect.” I’ve been inspired by Twlya Tharp, who gets out a banker’s box whenever she starts a new project. She writes about her system in The Creative Habit:

      ‘The box makes me feel organized, that I have my act together even when I don’t know where I’m going yet. It also represents a commitment. The simple act of writing a project name on the box means I’ve started work.’

      This essential is a welcoming beginning. Find value and meaning in your ideas and thinking. Grab phrases, whispers; search poetry, take a walk, create a doodle, find, gather and treasure your collection.

      My box of ‘insights’ generates more ideas. I write them down in my sketchbook and I am on my way to new start.”

      1. “Create meaning and simply have fun doing it.” Yes! That sounds like a wonderful class. I just read Tharp’s book last month. I found a lot of it useful info for creatives. I liked her insights on ruts and grooves. Enjoy this class. I look forward to hearing more of your thoughts about creativity, making, and meaning.

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