For years now, my mantra has been, “everything is gift.” I believe this so deeply. When I’m paying attention, I see it everyday. When I’m paying attention, I know each minute of this life, the times with loved ones, the time spent doing what I feel I’m made to do, is all a massive gift from something larger, better, and purer than myself. The last few years, I’ve been noticing this mantra manifesting in a bit different way in my creative process and my understanding of being a creative individual.
My creative process is centered on the idea of borrowing. Everything in this life is gift to me… and so… everything in my creative process is borrowed. In the same way that I must create out of existing matter, I believe I must borrow inspirations, passions, and wisdom that go beyond my self and my own understanding in order to create. In the same way that I dip my fingertips into a vast pool of photographic tradition, skill, and practice to glean my mechanical processes, I dip my fingertips into a massive, supernatural pool of wisdom to borrow what I believe this artwork is and what it needs to say to this world.
To many, this may sound kooky… the fundamental mind rages a bit against the mystical pieces of who God is and how we interact with Him/Her.
When we tap into our creativity, we are, in a small way, union-ing with the One who originally created—the Original Artist. Therefore, it would make sense if when we are engaging the creativity placed within us by the All-Knower that we would get to access a TINY, TINY part of the inspiration and wisdom that He/She embodies.
It is uncanny the amount of times I’ve heard an artist or musician explain that through their creative process they feel as though they access something bigger than themselves. They feel they borrow a knowledge or enlightenment they’ve never experienced or known before. The creative process puts us at the end of our own wisdom… we stand at the edge and ask questions of being—something else answers and fills the space. A bridge is created between this world and another one… between the edges of my being and the being of something (Someone) more infinite.