The question of “what is creativity?” arises as we believe we’re now excessively immersed in media throughout our lives in this world. Many can believe that creativity and originality is impossible now, and all efforts to conceptualize and realize ideas, thoughts, and feelings, are repetitive of earlier productions, and we’re only left to reexamine, resort, and morph the genres that already exist. I had worked artistically for years in the model of conceptualize-build-and present, but I no longer believe that ideas matter, or that the realized outcomes of ideas, that is, as artworks, matter either. For me now, what matters is that particular moment when one is mediating between the idea, the imagination, and the created thing, the realization, between the imaginary and the real. That gap, that bridge between the two worlds, the inner and outer universes we exist in, that middle-of-the-ocean non-place, far from either shore… this is the place I’m most interested in spending my time at, in my studio. Of course, as a person for whom relevance is no longer important or even possible, I am free to do this. For a sculptor, it is the moment between design and execution, for the dancer, perhaps it is the moment after hearing the music and before making a step. For the poet it is the gap from the voice in the head to the words on the page. This duality forms every creative act, and like every duality, can be resolved by adding a third element, the instant of the creative moment itself.
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