It was a slow day at the office and I had more time on hand than usual. That is why I decided to construct this: a simple structure made of stapler pins.
What is it? Nothing in particular. Or rather it represents nothing in particular. It does have symmetry, and symmetry symbolizes balance which in turn symbolizes order; which is an end in itself. I would call it a work of art. Art utilizes creative energy to reshape the mundane and give it new meaning, and hence new life. Art is creativity imposing itself on reality for its own sake. In the grand scheme of things my little creation matters little, however in the context of my cubicle, reality has been altered and enriched.
How do you view art? Is art about the end product or is it about the process? I think the Taoists would argue that art is about the process, where the artist follows his tao (in this case creativity) and embarks on a journey of creation and exploration. Creativity is its own father. It isn’t merely applied to art, but to any craft thus elevating that craft to an art. When one is firmly on ”the way”, one “will see it in everything” as famously proclaimed by Miyamoto Musashi.
But what of the end result? What of technique? Shouldn’t the clay take the shape you want it to take? Or the brush stroke capture the depth and texture of its subject? Would we respect Michelangelo’s creative energy today if his knowledge of anatomy were weak, thus affecting the proportions of David?