I am writing more. When writing happens after a period of not writing, I think about how that works. The coming and going of words in the midst of a predominantly visual stream. And rather than go on about it, I can refer you to a dialog initiated a few years ago by Philip Hartigan. We talked about, among other things, switching between visual and verbal modes of expression.



image – “Compassion” – digitally altered painting – 2011





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3 responses to “visual/verbal

  1. Christa

    The dialog you referred to is interesting to me in an introspective kind of way because I am trying to figure out my own creative process and how to activate and sustain my innate artistic ability. I have always had a love of writing, but I was never confident in myself as an artist. On the rare occasions that I did produce art (aside from writing), however, it was obvious to me that a latent talent existed. At some point, I became very removed from external life altogether and did not contribute anything creative to the world. I chose during that time instead to marinate in introspection. I would regret having taken this route, but I believe it was an essential aspect of my journey. It was essential because it was, and all things that are must be, in that moment. It helped me to understand what it means to be alive, but not alive in really living, really experiencing life and responding to it with more life. I am so grateful to understand the difference. I feel alive now and awake, whatever the value (bright/dark) of my life on any given day, and stronger every day. The neurological connectivity to writing returns easily enough whenever I need it to, but the visual aspect of artistic output is relatively new for me. I am stubbornly pushing through the process to double major in psychology and art. It’s daunting because most art students have been doing this for years and their ability has been refined through experience. It doesn’t always come easily for me, but I know I have the potential, and I have ideas that I think the world needs to see. I know the dialog doesn’t exactly refer to this, but it’s interesting to me to learn as much about the process as possible because I am trying to retrain my brain to understand how to translate concepts into art.

    • All good words, Christa. The introspection you refer to is an important aspect of all this. We are on individual paths seeking moments of insight, deeply felt experience – to prolong them so that we can express ourselves uniquely and with the confidence that comes with understanding. And this is not easy for anyone.

  2. Amanda

    When you say that you are starting to write again after you have taken some time away from writing reminds me a lot of myself in that I use to do a lot of art in high school and I stopped because I didn’t have time to do it anymore with college and working. I remember now why I love it so much because even if you aren’t good at it you still feel a type of way when you create things. Its like a way of your brain just doing things instead of thinking so much about it. Its something that just flows. The picture reminds me of the feeling of just going with the flow, no thinking or over-thinking.

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