I stumbled upon this quote this morning, and it completely made sense to me. When I was creating artwork it was a long process of research, digesting information, considering different angles, turning these thoughts into a piece (an actual piece of work, a body of work, a drawing, a sentence, a thought). At times it felt as though I was spending too long on something; that my time could be spent more productively, I should be moving quicker, realising the answer faster, deciding on the material sooner. But it doesn’t work like that. So when a process can take weeks (months), I would often think that I should be doing something else. For me, writing is something different. It can be much more instant. I can write something that I’m happy with in less than an hour, less than ten minutes, in a few seconds, and it can satisfy me in many of the same ways that making artwork once did. Maybe in more ways. When I’m writing it’s like there is a bubble around my brain and I’m really not aware of anything around me; there is a connection between my brain and my fingertips that lets the thoughts and words collecting in my brain pour out (bleed out) onto the screen, and when I take a moment to breath and read through it, I can’t remember what has been going on in those last few minutes. It’s like a blank sequence, or a pause in time.
What do you find inspiring? How do you like to be creative?