Non-dimensional to dimensional art. Starts in your mind and changes incrementally as you travel a discreet physical and mental journey. You feel compelled to bring something of yourself to life. The work is non-dimensional… it’s not “here” yet. It’s a new idea.
Then you study and assemble the tools and the materials, research the process and start to observe closely what effect your choices have made on your ability to make new things. You note the effects similar choices have made in other art you see. You strive to balance these beginnings because it is possible to get “caught up” in any one of them. You can acquire tools and they become your focus or, more paper, more paper or you research what everybody else uses to make their art or spend all your time looking at the work someone else did until you’re “ready,” calling it establishing a foundation of expression.
Your hands and your mind create an amalgam from the fog of possibility. But fulfillment truly begins when your work enters the dimensional realm. It is real, if fledgling. It has width, height… a space in the universe that wasn’t filled before. And now you purposefully continue for the rest of your life because working this way changes you, you’ll never be the same again. Art is something you can do now, can become all you do. That conversation with yourself never really ceases.
You must deal with external forces of course; groceries, paying bills, visiting your relatives, drying the laundry. Fortunately, because much of creative thinking cannot be halted in your brain once it starts, as you do these other things you get ideas that contribute and you’re maybe grateful for the “idle” time.
Finally you deal with the public but personal presentation of what you’ve done. Embracing a whole new set of concerns you choose framing and placement, you have conversations with other artists and gallery owners and collectors and eventually a rhythm evolves with it all and you successfully share what comes from you in this way. You join an unbroken line that extends from the caves; those who have made the same choices, taken the uncertain but hopeful steps, cared enough to continue the work midst the trials of life. It’s as close to a miracle as you’re ever gonna get.