Fellini 8½, Me 756725½
You search by scratching and pinging and looking at others who have scratched and pinged. Federico Fellini did it, Woody Allen did (and is doing it), Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse did it, I am doing it. It is a slow process. It insists upon movement and change. In fact, if you look at any true masterwork in film, literature, or the visual arts, you process anew every time you take a look, even if you have seen that masterwork a 100 times before. That constant renewal of insight is the difference between profound art and art du jour. Profound art is like life; every day is new and different. You comprehend differently every time you walk with the same mind and body through the same spatial domain. Amazing!? No. It is the wonder of a processing mind. I am writing about this process today because yesterday's drawings were drawn with true and authentic self-consciousness. Do they represent ultimate thought and ideas? Were they made with ultimate knowledge? No to both of those questions. They were, however, powerfully true to me and what I knew when I made them. This cannot be said with every work I make. I wish always to be present without distraction, i.e. mindful of where I am and what I am doing. As much as I am involved in making a work of art I am involved in being fully aware as I make marks on paper or canvas. I believe I am getting better at this mindfulness, and I believe these drawings are exhibits in that regard.
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