Because part of what I am interested in as a researcher is creative process, I have been reading a lot recently about how creative people go about creating the images and objects they do. There is often reference to having a kind of antennae, of looking at the world more attentively that others, of monitoring what is going on out there. It seems to me that part of what creatives do is make associations between disparate things, things that appear superficially not to be connected - and assimilate those connections into their work. In this way they feed into and off the collective that they live in, remoulding themes, ideas, sentiments into a new experience - be it a dress, a show, a painting, a photograph.
This made me think about my own creative process. I have decided as an experiment or log of what happens in my own process to look at the way in which I relate to the world around me and how it appears in my own art work. I, like many, look endlessly through images. I went to see an art exhibition recently, a show of various artists about the moon. Without my noticing it at the time, a theme in the pictures that I reblogged or that caught my eye developed afterwards. Then, in the collage I made at the end of the same week ( I try to just make something quickly and spontaneously each week as a matter of discipline) the same themes appeared; the same colour palette: black, white, silver, grey - shades of monochrome and shiny. It is interesting in this context to think about the role of suggestion, of sublimation and memory when thinking about how we come to look at certain things again, how they catch our eye and make us take notice. I have posted below some of the images I collected this week, and the image I created in response to them. Finally, after completing the picture, I was looking through some trend forecasting for this year and of course it was right there as well - a major predicted trend is space.