PAULA DEL RIVERO – CONTEMPORARY ABSTRACT ART

“What Art Thou?”

experiments with plaster

2018

Often times we don’t know what we’re doing.

And that’s excellent.

We’re generally so encouraged to be clear on our mission and purpose, that we tend to reject the freedom that comes with having no clue.

With most of my experiments, I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing or why I’m doing it.

These ‘half-projects’ can sit for weeks, months, and often years until I suddenly (can) see the purpose and reason behind them, and only then can I go on and start being intentional with those creations.

It happens with experiments like the one in the pic, which I’ve temporarily entitled “What Art Thou?” (cuz I’m original like that), and it also happens with random texts that have not yet been put out into the world, or with sketches that have so far never left the safety of the sketch book to become something of their own.

But, invariably – there’s a constant – I know they will.

I know that at some point in my evolution as an artist and writer these glimpses into the future will have a place and a purpose of their own.

I like to think that I’m just temporarily holding space for them, creating a vacuum in existence in which they can be held safely until they bloom.

However, I often wonder whether they’re the ones being patient, actually waiting for me to be ripe enough to birth them…

And now I wonder, does it happen to you too? Are you judgemental of your own apparently random creations that seem to go no-where? Can you give yourself enough space, allow yourself enough patience to let them be while they’re growing a purpose of their own and you’re busy growing worthy of making something of them?

Please let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your perspective on this.

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