Fear of the Unknown
Because there are so many unknown factors when it comes to creating any kind of art, I think it helps to try to understand and clarify what is going on in our minds. Fear of the unknown takes on many forms when it comes to creating…and interestingly, I think that the “unknown” is what we both love and hate about the process (hate may be too strong a word herel…but for lack of a better one, I’m going to use it). Similar to the mystery of living life, we face each day not knowing: how we are going to feel, if it will be like we’ve imagined, or if we’re going to be pleased with it.
I can say for myself, the parallels between living life and creating art seems to be a never-ending wave of contradictions…see if any of these resonnate with you:
I wish to have a guarantee of producing something beautiful. I love the process of creating, yet I wish I could be done already
and move on to the next piece. I love having an idea of what it’s going to look like
but then I also wish for a creative and unexpected turn.
It’s definitely a love-hate relationship for me…and one that requires relinquishing control…and taking a leap of faith.
Week #3 Exercise
We can’t take a leap of faith if we are too afraid of creating “ugly”. The fear of creating “ugly” carries with it such a strong emotion, that most of us will do anything to avoid it…even if that means creating nothing! So I’m thinking that we should take a look at what “creating ugly” means to us. Feel free to answer these questions either through writing or through art journaling…it’s up to you.
- How do you feel when you’ve created something “ugly”?
- What do you think the “ugly” says about you?
- Are you able to find any positive elements to an “ugly” piece?
- If you were asked to create something “ugly”, would you let yourself do it?
And here’s the million dollar question…
- Why is it we are so afraid of making a mistake?
Something to ponder for sure.