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“Hardening of the categories causes art disease.”
A clever play on words… with more than a grain of truth.
How easy and comfortable it is to stay within the confines of the categories we know. How often do you sit down and intentionally attempt to create a new style, a new approach, a new technique? It can be so unrewarding – those first awkward attempts rarely produce the satisfying results we’ve grown accustomed to when we sit down to do our art.
There is a fine line between developing expertise or a defining one’s signature style and falling into the trap of endlessly repeating what we’ve already done. How do you know the difference for yourself?
Lately I’ve been exploring more radical interpretations of images to find the boundaries of what I like. Lots of color, contrast, texture, nothing too literal or well defined. I’ve been looking at the work of a lot of other artists and getting inspired by some of their work.
How do you prevent “art disease” in your life?