They say it takes a village to raise a child. I feel like it takes a community to make art. I don’t know if that’s right, but it certainly feels right for me. I have tidied my home office and made a clean space to make art and write or whatever I want to do…but it is cold and empty and pretty lonely and intimidating!
I’m not sure I can make art like this; I think I need to be in community to make art. There’s a MEME going around Facebook at the moment with a photo of Albert Einstein and a quote saying something like “if a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, what is an empty desk a sign of?” It made me realise that my clean empty desk was just that – empty and lifeless. I suddenly missed my clutter; at least it gave the illusion of life and movement. And so I remember the saying about a village being needed to raise a child and I wonder then if I don’t need a community in which to raise my art works, to be able to create again?
This blog was a step towards that opening out to community, getting connected. I think I need to go a step further and actually get out of my room and out into a collective space – find an art group, make an art group, a creative collective, whatever it takes.
As I write this I wonder if needing a collective is just another excuse. Maybe I just need to sit still long enough and focus and get down to it. If I wanted to make something badly enough I would, I would become engrossed and lost in the art work and just do it. I think that in fact, it is a bit of both. I think we need to want to make something badly enough to be motivated to focus but I also think we sometimes benefit for working alongside others, in a shared space.
So I have two steps I need to grapple with now 1) getting excited about making something, finding something I want to make so badly I just have to focus and do it and 2) finding a collective space in which to work.