Monday, April 23, 2012

DAMN STRAIGHT




Thanks to Keri Smith for this excerpt below. A letter from Sol Lewitt to Eva Hesse. It is so where I am at, at the moment. I have been thinking a lot lately about the life that I lead, it's a pretty small life. But, I would have it no other way. The word that keeps popping up with me and around me is MINDFUL. Being totally engaged in whatever I am doing, whether that is going for a walk, making and eating meals, chatting to my Mama or sitting at the workbench. When I am in my workshop I am only thinking about the piece or pieces I am working on and nothing else. I give myself the license to experiment and play and see what comes of it. I am glad that I have stuck with this jewellery making thing for as long as I have because it has taken me all this time to figure out that I just need to DO! 



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Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, grasping,…Stop it and just DO!…


Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool. Make your own, your own world. If you fear, make it work for you – draw & paint your fear and anxiety…



You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty. Then you will be able to DO!
Try to do some BAD work – the worst you can think of and see what happens but mainly relax and let everything go to hell – you are not responsible for the world – you are only responsible for your work – so DO IT. And don’t think that your work has to conform to any preconceived form, idea or flavor. It can be anything you want it to be…

I know that you (or anyone) can only work so much and the rest of the time you are left with your thoughts. But when you work or before your work you have to empty your [sic] mind and concentrate on what you are doing. After you do something it is done and that’s that. After a while you can see some are better than others but also you can see what direction you are going. I’m sure you know all that. You also must know that you don’t have to justify your work – not even to yourself.



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