Saturday, November 20, 2010

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

art of life....

I was reading this article about a performance artist who discussed "art pollution" saying that, "you understand the kind of work that will have success with your audience and you start making it again and again, and you lose yourself. The worst part is that you don't surprise yourself with your work, you don't get new ideas or take risks, because of the possibility of failure. But failure is an incredibly important part of the work. Life itself is what's important, not studio space." I had underlined that and another part of the article, "My favourite spaces in life are the prison, monastery and sanatorium, because they're dealing with regularity. I see my body like a tool, like a machine. The body has to have this regularity, like a Swiss watch, so that the mind can go free."
I like how the first quote encourages us to move forward, create anew and search out other limits and possibilties, and to welcome change... and the next almost seems like the opposite. but it's not. It talks about the physical and the creative. I see myself in that I'm very comfortable in a routine from day to day and week to week, although I realize that I do have the freedom to adjust, change, improve anything as needed/wanted... And I definitely love the times when my body is set to work as usual and the mind can go free. The article of course is applying this to art. but even as a teacher, I think that I'm most comfortable with sticking to what I know works when teaching, and then at times I might evaluate and think what needs a bit of adjusting or needs to be thrown out altogether, trying something completely new... I currently think these things when considering introducing positive and negative numbers to Mexican immigrant students who barely have a background of knowing their times tables. And then of course all the things I try to include for teaching a language. What is too much, what should be used and at what level, how many steps, what needs repeated or affirmed. etc etc...
overall, the second quote makes me feel less OCD about liking things the same way when it comes to my day to day work week, from now on I'm calling that the cushion to my creative mind to think freely! ha
( I think it can also be considered good discipline when that weekly schedule includes getting time to regularly go to the gym btw. )