Our Ultimate Spur

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Inspiration | No Comments

Creative people are always worth listening to, do you agree? In an interview, sculptor Anthony Gormley said ‘This is what I was born to do’ and, re his sculptures of people installed on the beach and in the sea at Crosby on Merseyside: ‘That’s the test, I think. If you can’t think of a place without the object or the object without the place, it means it’s made a marriage.’

Painting has that aspect too. All the lines and forms and colours have to look as though they could be nowhere else. If you were to take out any detail the whole thing will be less, less perfect, paler. So how does any creative person find their way of making it happen – I mean the seemingly effortless precision – is there a routine to go through? I don’t mean a putting-off-the-moment one such as suddenly needing to wash the car, but a way that enables the indefinable must-have creating kit to be at the ready when work starts.

Mike Leigh, the film director, says he starts work on a new film with no working script. He looks for spontaneity from the actors and likes the on-the-edge-ness he gets when there’s no safety fall-back. Philip Glass the composer tries not to make decisions before entering a rehearsal room, for the same reasons. So, no safety, no comfort, they keep themselves in uncertainty.

Risk is the stimulant our creative department needs. Every brush stroke risks disrupting balance. The fragile sense of what this becoming thing is is so easily lost. Every action introduces hazards. But risk is what will keep the project on track and vulnerable right up to the end. After all, when there’s no map of where you are headed, taking risks is really the only way forward.

Is not teetering on the edge of losing the whole thing the ultimate inspiration?

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