particularly in regard to some of my off beat costumes
like 'A Couple of Nice Fresh Snappers' and 'Tea Party'
I often answer with..."I have no idea!"
which is absolutely true.
However I have been pondering this question
since my return (bursting with inspiration) from Clay Push .
I came home from my week away
with various things singing in my heart.
and there were lots of technical tips from a variety of potters
How does this all fit into the idea of inspiration and the creative mind ?
Well the thing is that when all these inspiring people,
events, things, places and works of art
are put into the soup that is brewing in my mind,
(which comes with its own history of experiences and tastes)
anything can manifest!
It is sure to be a unique and tasty combination of flavours
that are all about my experiences with those events.
My pet hate is to see
one artist copy another artists work.
It infuriates me!!!!
There is no excuse for it but laziness
and an inability to be true to their own journey.
I love to be inspired by other artists
but I like my work to be my own.
As you may know I was very into yoga
as a teenager and young adult
and although, these days,
I am not the dedicated practitioner that I was back then,
it does subtly inform my thinking and my attitude to life.
There is a teaching in yoga that says
we all have samskaras ( impressions in the mind)
and while I'm not convinced about the past life stuff
connected with this philosophy
( as I am very much a here and now kind of person)
I do find that I get moved by things
I see, hear, feel and read about.
Those impressions do hang in my head
and they blooming well grow until I HAVE to make something
related to that experience or they wont go away.
In yoga, meditation is used to get rid of these samskaras.
These days my art is my meditation
and the samskaras I regard as my inspirations.
Just like the breath
* I breath them in (inspire)
* turn them into a creative thought
* then breath them out as my (h)art.
OK ... Enough of the esoteric stuff!
What have I started working on this week?
Well....inspiration can come from unexpected places.
I found this lovely basket in an old wares shop
in Gulgong and I thought I might allow myself
to be influenced by its form in a series of work.
I love that it starts out square and becomes round
it reminds me of how life changes us.
So here is the first in a series of work
inspired by all of the above.
Can you see the cross fertilisation?
And is it mine? And not theirs?
by Sadhana Peterson
hand built and wheel thrown
stoneware with coloured slips
not fired yet.... still wet .... hope it comes out ....
ummm ... interesting.