One of my practices is actively looking for inspiration. Every day I open up my awareness to the creative sparks available all around and I gather to me. I make note of them in my Studio Yearbook. They are my teachers. Some sparks become ideas that turn into projects. Some sparks open my mind to something new. Some sparks confirm my suspicions. All contribute to my creative life.
Watching this video about young sculptor Callum Donovan Grujicich came on the heels of my decision to restart my Studio Diaries. For years I have been searching for the “right” format for this creative push inside of me and finally I remembered this:
The form will be revealed as you are doing the work. Not before.
This was reinforced when I heard Callum say, “I had to figure out how to make them because I had never seen anything like this before. After a while they evolved into what I make now.” Right. When you are doing something brand new, you have to figure it out. There is no recipe or road map but the treasure at the end is that you will have created something uniquely and powerfully you.
I was also struck by Callum’s statement: “I find it more interesting to put a bunch of different materials together.” His work developed as he followed what interested him. Thank you for the reminders, Callum.
What interests you right now?
What creative impulse are you willing to follow, even if you don’t know where it’s leading?