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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Moment of Completion

" Imagination is in control when you begin making an object. The artwork's potential is never higher than in that magic moment when the first brushstroke is applied, the first chord struck. But as the piece grows, technique and craft take over, and imagination becomes a less useful tool. A piece grows by becoming specific...
The development of an imagined piece into an actual piece is a progression of decreasing possibilities, as each step in execution reduces future options by converting one- and only one- possibility into a reality. Finally, at some point or another, the piece could not be other than it is, and it is done.
That moment of completion is also, inevitably, a moment of loss- the loss of all the other forms the imagined piece might have taken. The irony here is that the piece you make is always one step removed  from what you imagined, or what else you can imagine, or what you're right on the edge of being able to imagine."
-from "Art & Fear- Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of ARTMAKING"
 by David Bayles & Ted Orland

She is complete, except for grout! It is definitely reason for celebration, and yet, that "What do I do now?" moment. Good thing I have several other projects just waiting to be started. Waiting for my metal guy, Dave Jensen, to finish my form for ArtPrize 2010. Excited to get started on her! Info to come later.... Peace, Mol

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