The “Word” for 2018
March 6, 2018
Each year I choose a “Word to Accept”.
I’ve done this exercise since I started creating art over six years ago. Over these years, I have given a lot of thought to the choice of this short or long word. It seems like a simple thing….choose a word and get onto the next item on the agenda. But in actuality, it is like having a strategic plan; in art, in life, and in business. This one word encapsulates what I’m trying to achieve for a particular time frame….you could almost think of this word as a mantra. I start with five words. I mull them over in my mind over a span of weeks and gradually discard the words that do not resonate with me and I finally select what I believe to be the right word for the present time.
The word I choose this year is “CREATE”.
When I look back over all the words I have chosen for each particular year, it strikes me how the definition and the impact the word has played out in my art life. It transforms itself into a goal for my work.
For instance, the definition of creating means:
– bring (something) into existence…..Synonym: produce, generate, bring into being, make, fabricate, fashion, build
I chose this word on February 1st, 2018. Why? Because my goal this year is to acquire at least one commercial gallery and one public art show in the next short term. To achieve this goal, I have to create a new, consistent body of artwork ranging from 20-30 pieces.
Do you choose a word every year and use it in your practice?
P.S. | Common Passion Artshow is happening NOW at the Medicine Hat Public Library. Opening Night is this Thursday, March 8, 2018, from 7-9 pm in the Ground Level Floor Gallery.
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