January 31, 2007
Hi. I have a serious question.
what if it's really true that "those who can't do, teach?" Let's assume that this is not true, and that people who can do things are the people to teach others to do what they do. Let's get to the point. I've accomplished a few things creatively. Fine. Does that mean that I can teach others to do things similar to what I've done? Or to do any kind of non-utilitarian art at all? As a matter of fact, I don't even know how I've done anything I've done. Rather than thinking about the process, or planning anything in advance at all, I just start something and it's wrong wrong wrong so I try something different, and maybe it's sort of right, and I continue until it all seems really right in whatever way seems important to me at that point.
Now, I've used the words "it" and "something" and "right" many times in the paragraph above, and these are imprecise, vague terms. But if I got any more particular, I wouldn't be describing whatever it is I do. Or, I should say, I've done. Because, to tell you the truth, In 2.5 years of teaching, I've failed to understand how to manipulate the time I have to allow myself the time to continue to be productive creatively while still satisfying the requirements of teaching and being an assistant professor at a University. I've actually done lots of creation, I've been actively making things, and I've changed the visual component of my work significantly, but in all this time, I essentially have nothing to show, because I've finished nothing. I no longer can count on any length of uninterrupted time to think and to "make things right."
Posted by phoebeg at January 31, 2007 01:12 PM