Stupid Artist Jargon, Part 1: The Creative Prompt

The professional art world can be elitist. Or so it seems. The average person doesn't regularly bathe in the jargon of the art world or take a deconstructive approach to post-modern conceptual kinaesthetic land art. Thinking about this very thing--not land art, but jargon--I realized that I have been using terms in The Iteration Project's …

“Follow Your Passion” And Other Lies That Make It Sound Like Art Isn’t Work

As a professional artist I can't tell you how many times someone has said to me, "You're so lucky that you get to do what you love everyday." It's in that one statement (and countless others...chase your dreams, follow your passion, etc.) that the unreality of art is born. The implication is that because a …

Unicorns Suck, Roadblocks Rule, and Inspiration is B.S.

Before you try it, let me warn you about the perils of google-ing "creativity". The only thing you'll find are countless articles and programs teaching you how to "unleash," "harness," or "tap into" your creativity. I'm going to let that sink in for a minute. . . . Everything about those statements implies that we have this …

A Creative Process Recipe, As Told By Twyla (…sort of)

You know how sometimes you just have to learn things the hard way? Or how you don't know how important certain things/people/processes are until they're gone? Yeah, that's me. Especially with dance.   In graduate school I failed to learn the single most important lesson there was to learn. The program I attended was structured in …