There's no innovation without experimentation
There’s no innovation without experimentation

Art making is mysterious and personal. During COVID lockdown it has gotten even more challenging.  No one has ever answered that question “where do your ideas come from,” because none of us really knows? We, as artists must experiment in order to find their way around themselves. Constantly.

Art practice COVID style has just taken on another dimension. Artists must experiment because there is no other road map, no other way to discover how best to navigate our own practice and our own mind. What works for me won’t work for you and vice versa.

The hard reality of what we’re going through right now has magnified our fears, polluted our mind with more anxiety and gradually making us doubt whether we’re ever going to have a life we used to have before.

I’m trying to find the way out of this too. Making it a practice to experiment with ideas, it is positively distracting and perhaps, enabling in a positive way. Otherwise, nothing happens. Experimentation takes you outside of those repetitions, to unexplored territory and untried actions. Exploring the wilderness of one’s own mind.

Going through my archive and discovering that photography is such a beautiful gift to give to someone –  memories of themselves from years before. The moment in time cannot ever be repeated again. It’s the kindest thing you can give to someone.

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