Even for those who have honed their work to a well established voice and style, I believe the question is a valid one. For those who are still exploring as part and parcel of their working practice it may be more closely examined a process. However, the question must fall somewhere for all. I believe it's a very valid one, and creates a series of questions on the creative process.
How much time to you spend on new possible forms, styles, projects?
Is there ever a drive to do something entirely different from your established and successful work?
Are you afraid of your customer base/peer base not responding well to your "new" attempts?
Is there fear/avoidance in exploring at all?
Is there comfort is sticking with what works and spending the time to elaborate within that framework?
I made this as a request. I do like the idea of wall pieces, I have some ideas for some that I think will compliment some of the work I'm doing. I have to be honest; I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to do to make one of my Ship&Whale vases hang on the wall? I just had a hard time at first even getting there. I resisted. Obvioiusly, I finally did it, and the result is I'm ambivalent about it. I didn't have the luxury of spending a ton of time figuring it out - and what you see is the result without much time for exploration.
But, it's brings up a some questions for the purpose of broader discussion.
I've gotten mixed response. I don't know. I'm mixed. But to lightly defend its existence, I will simply say that I am devoted to exploration. That includes making things that I may not be super excited about, or pieces that are early iterations...and even making sucky things some times. We can't make great stuff every time, can we? Well, maybe some of you do, bless you ;-) In decades of creating, I still don't. And I feel if I start to worry too much about what someone will think - I will lose what I believe is a freedom. Am I being naive here?
When I go to workshops, I am so respectful, I rarely ask the artist what isn't working, what hasn't worked or things that don't' work - but I want to (I did once because they opened the door). Perfection is lauded and encouraged, and it should be. Excellence is probably a much better word. The learning, the practice, the hours, days, years of arriving at excellence, however, is about what didn't work. All the things that didn't work that added up to making great work. Right? I wish we (the collective creative community we) talked about this more. There is a confidence in putting the whole show out there. The ability to express the failing along with the winning. In my mind, as I write this, I picture those backdrop photos we all see so often with jacked up, shitty pieces that would normally not see the light of day. They are what make us good at our trade. Why aren't we proud of them.
Ok. I don't think that piece is horrible, but I'm not stoked about it.....but, it does create in my mind a bunch of new ideas in having made it. Therefore, I believe it was worth doing. So, at the risk of looking like an ass, sometimes I think I'm going to post about some stuff that isn't working, that is suspect, that is a back to the drawing board exercise. Why not. What do you guys think?