Written by: mindfulnesspaintings
Childhood art experiences are powerful and can have a great influence on our artistic process. “Childhood” is an experimental piece created to grasp my earliest, primal creative experiences; ones that most powerfully formed and shaped my present creative process. I have never made a mobile. This choice was the pièce de resistance for capturing “Childhood.” Nothing ignited my imagination more than the colorful, freely moving, spinning objects of whirligigs hung from the nursery ceiling for my amusement. This experimental piece started with a list of things that formed my artistic process: macrame, beads, macaroni, yarn, pipe cleaners, crayons, buttons, childlike colors, pom poms, a found object reinvented from a child’s perspective, and fascinatingly colorful keys echoing memories of my infant teething ring. “Childhood” reversed my usual process. It forced me to intentionally choose from my list of preselected objects and consider the inherent shifts of each choice on the design. New to assemblage, I am mindful of the ways capturing “Childhood” pushed the limits of every aspect of my creative process.
Much of my art is made in a liminal space: a place of sitting, waiting, and creating in-between “Yesterday” and “Tomorrow.” She seizes “Right Now” while capturing the past and peeking into “What’s Next.” My liminal creations invite others to join her on creative, imaginative journeys through time and space. “Childhood” is an invitation for you to journey back to the beginning of your artistic journey and then return to the present moment with new understating of personal creative process influences.
What childhood art experiences have influenced your artistic process? How might you grasp your earliest, primal creative experiences? How can you push the limits of your creative process through consideration of your childhood art experiences? This blog is an opportunity to consider your answers and explore them though your art practice. Consider this blog as a place to share what you discover in your exploration. Be mindful of how childhood art experience can speak though your creative practice.
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“Childhood” is an experimental piece created to grasp my earliest, primal childhood art experiences; ones that most powerfully formed and shaped my present creative process. This assemblage sculpture started with a list of things that formed my artistic process: things like macrame, beads, macaroni, and yarn. I am mindful of the ways capturing “Childhood” pushed the limits of every aspect of my creative process.