It was decided to enquire into the practice process of artists who have altered their processes of practice somewhat due to changing circumstances. As not all conversations could be face-to-face a printed / electronic copy of questions and thought triggering phrases was prepared. Its content can be amended as new learning arises.
Conversations with Creatives
In the visual, sound, voice, material, conceptual and performance arts.
During our lives, we creatives pursue our interests, hone our skills, and discover different ways of working at our process of practice. Practice for me (and for most creatives), is a need, a quest, a life enhancer. Scientific and technological advances may provide us with quantitatively ‘longer’ lives, but such advancements do not always satisfy qualitative life issues. This is a role for the arts.
Having observed the adverse effects of what happens when practice is not possible in later life, I am interested in what creatives do to access and maintain their practice for themselves as independents and (recognising that they may need at times to be supported or become a partnership), inter-dependents.
I am interested in the creatives’ experience, their perception of their requirements regarding their outer, physical practice space (which may be private or public) and their inner, cerebral and emotional practice space (which is unique and insular). I will enquire into how they arrive at and achieve their working ‘spaces’ (in the physical body and the mind), which allows them to enter the state of flow; that contented work space of the mind, where practice is at its best.
My own practice (and consequently the outcomes), has seen considerable change. In my youth, I could have tackled most physical aspects of different forms of art practice, however I have come to recognise that during our lives both physical and mental constraints can alter, or stall practice and my research will seek out means to lessen the impact or (where possible), avoid practice disruption. As part of the research I am interviewing artists who have altered their practice to suit their needs. Whilst altering practice to suit one’s needs is not necessarily relevant only to the older creative, my main research will focus mainly on mature artists. I intend keeping my practice growing, to develop it into a sustainable form and to devise means of sharing my learning with others. This research is all about being able to get on with the practice – whatever the day brings.