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When I was in learning pottery graduate school, a friend of mine asked our sculpture teacher when he was showing the assembly of a work with slabs of mud, sticks and coils, ‘When you’re making those decisions, what are you thinking? ‘The teacher paused and said simply. “I’m not thinking at all” and he carefully looked at us and warned us to create and analyze at the same time, ‘You’re going to fail at that. It’s the worst trap of all, think while doing. “
Well, it sounded like weird stuff for us. Why do we want to turn the minds of negotiation, which tells us what is right and what is not? Only years later his advice makes sense. I’ve spent the last twenty five years snaking through various arts such as painting, sculpture, making pots, and now creating bonsai, and all these visual efforts, thinking it was only useful after the job was done and hands dropped to his sides. Then I could start evaluating.
♦ a drumbeat, a poem, a dance, or a tree are not problems to solve. they are feelings expressed.
the artistic creation is an act of feeling. Put a feeling in some other way. probably the most difficult of the arts use words, like poetry. Because, with the words, it is natural that we get literally place and think ‘flower petals “or” mongoose “or” Warning! ‘ (For the mongoose) or any word that the poet is using. The poet pushes words together to form is not thought, but feeling you can not really come up with a simple, ‘These words mean I say. “poetry is not solving problems, not mathematics. And yet, often we make the same mistake with bonsai literal.
♦ Tight skin of a drum skin does not speak.
In bonsái have obstacles facing us in the expression. It is especially difficult because it is a bonsai ‘art’-two traditional words that almost contradict each other. We are taught that to make a bonsai tree should have a certain arrangement of branches in relation to the trunk without the correct order, is not a good bonsai. We are taught that a system of radial roots is preferred. The trunk should taper upward. Etc. These are our tools, the art of bonsai. And yes, all are valid. And yet, interestingly, the older the tree, like collected conifers truly ancient, less apply these rules and the more open we need to be the exception, acceptance, expression and feeling. Bonsai guidelines are useful. We also shoot and we can deceive, especially with older trees. We keep thinking, organize our mind, critical. The larger the population, rather than approach the work as a poet that makes its way around the words. We’re just pushing branches. old thing. Tilt the trunk.
♦ What was built by the body is a challenge for the mind.
Another mistake I think we tend to do with trees is working too fast on them. Not that manipulation is too fast, but that the intention ‘Forward ho!’ It is too abrupt. Sit with your tree. Sometimes for a year or more. Feel the possibilities. What is the trunk that resonates with you? Branches where they should go? Present in all directions, like a compass in your body (not your mind) and direction over time will continue to rise above the rest. When you start working in this way, like my master sculptor, you can not also be able to put into words why you chose that form over another, because you were not really thinking about it. You felt their way. And you may find, as the drummer and poet, the body has a deep knowledge that is inaccessible to our mental apparatus.
♦ A successful, evocative bonsai does not solve anything. the mystery deepens.
A big part of being creative in the visual arts is open your eyes without compromising the mind, too. Sometimes it is easier to close your eyes. Unfortunately, we can not do this easily, although I often think blind people would wonderful bonsai.
The ironic contradiction is that bonsai is about vision, however, when we look with our eyes to start, unfortunately, think. As bonsai artists, will be charged with the sleight of hand of the eye opening without the voice behind them, direct, criticize, analyze.
Just open them.
(This post is the second part of a series See also the hook to hang Hat In :. Part I)
This article was originally published on http://crataegus.com/2011/09/17/sight-of-the-blind-mind-part-ii/