There’s a school of thought about sculpture that you have to be able to visualise the shape that’s hiding within the block of stone. I’m not sure about that: the notion that the end result is somehow conceptually present within the raw materials. I think i prefer an evolutionary approach, where you start carving and feel how the material responds, how the stone crumbles or chips, how the lines flow. That’s certainly how i paint: in evolution not discovery.
Learning’s a bit like this: we start off and then adapt as we go. At school we keep going with the subjects that we enjoy or are good at. We choose our jobs. We adapt to circumstance, changing the line in response to conditions. The end result may be beautiful (beauty being in the eye of the beholder), but it’s ultimately shaped by the evolving understanding of the materials at hand and our developing skills.
The blog is in New York this week on a combination of workshops and holiday, so we’re defaulting to our holiday game of sharing short and reflective ‘words about learning’.