So I’ve just finished a public art installation that was, to me; of mammoth proportions considering the time constraint. And i have to say, through out my time as an Art Student, nothing has been quite as satisfying as seeing the finished product.
While it doesn’t look like an awful lot when it’s compacted into a simple collage, There was literally blood, sweat and tears involved. Crane making is intense, i kid you not.
The best piece of artistic advice i ever heard, was simple – but effective and a good mantra to have while you are busy working. I’ve had to say it to myself so many times lately, that i’m pretty sure when i am fast asleep i am whispering it into my pillow.
Treat everything the same.
Simple. Effective. To the point.
Yes, Creating finished pieces, can be draining. Mentally and emotionally, even physically, We literally put our heart and souls into our work, in the hope that we can convey some sort of message, or create something beautiful.
I have to say, during the crane making sessions i had at my little desk, the lovely spring sunshine floating through my window, seemingly taunting me for being inside. I had to remind myself to treat every crane the same.
Some were a bit messy, some just didn’t look right. But they were made with care, and patience. Which if i haven’t learnt anything through out this entire ordeal, is probably an asset.
In the past i have rushed my pieces of work, I’ve been extremely guilty of this, and it’s a fine line – between over working something, or under working it. ( I appreciate perfectionists and their dedication ) But i found the simple idea of treating everything you do exactly the same, worked for me.
I ended up cutting less corner’s. I took more care when i was transferring images. I took the time to enjoy the process, and i guess in this day and age, and especially with the pressure of shooting out finished work like no tomorrow. The process kind of get’s lost, and the fun get’s sucked out of your work.
Dead lines are not the enemy, though i tend to think my time management skills are more the cause of Artist Anxiety.
While it is okay once in a while to cut corners, you have to remain true to your vision and what you, yourself want to get out of it. Believe me the amount of times i have wanted to just cut the process time in half has been more times than I’ve had cheesecake this year.
Try your very best to avoid cutting corners, try to approach each piece you do with enthusiasm. Just like when you are tired, or unhappy it shows. This in turn will also show in your work.
While it might seem like a sacrifice to give up some fun time in order to prepare before a deadline, you will find yourself much happier if you slowly work at it, and treat everything the same!