Naomie Christensen: Finding Expression

Friday, August 30, 2013

Finding Expression

Art is a sensitive topic. Not sensitive as in feeling, art is a concise expression.

There are various ideas on how to create art. Some believe learning formality of placement of an object to make writing and images meaningful is the most important aspect of art. Some believe the expression of thoughts is the most important aspect. I am beginning to believe the most important aspect is the one that creates productive behavior.

I am a brainstorming person. I feel more creative talking to myself or into a tape-recorder. Sometimes I will make a flow chart. It helps develop ideas. There is something to edit after ideas are in the word processor or on a piece of paper.

Otherwise, people also begin art with concept. There are the ideas of starting and ending a story with one word or challenge of placing words or objects in a meaningful patterns. A relational matrix of meaning around the primary concept provides a framework for adding information. They need to look at the painting or words to add feeling or abstract that makes it complete.

Reading "Poetic Meter and Poetic Form," I feel at odds with various concepts. I do not need every concept in the book. I have a method to create art with the characteristics and preferences of art to produce. Most of the book is topical information and reviewing information from a creative writing, rhetoric or composition class; yet there were points from other styles that are interesting.

I think about changing my style and then the other people who know about these ideals will be more enthusiastic about my poetry. Then I think that would be an awful idea. Even if adequately demonstrating every technique, the poem would be so bland or difficult to read no one would want to read it. That is a functional part of art. People should want to read it. It should communicate something.

Some say art is for yourself and entertaining the idea of entertaining the Reader or Patron is wrong. I believe art is to communicate; ergo, if no one ever reads it or has critical thoughts about content a large portion of the experience of art is absent.

How much does an Artist balance between personal motivations and motivations of the audience? It would be possible to only write for myself and expect others who share the same values to like it. It is nice giving friends gifts on the holidays. It could have misspellings. I will make up my own grammar. New rules to follow. I will write a book. People will have confusion. I will write the companion book to explain the book in the same style of grammar.

Somewhere, at sometimes an Artist has to think about who is reading or viewing their artwork. Formalizing methods of communication assists in conveying unique idea. There is ever-present differing viewpoints between individuals because of life experience.

Some say everyone experiences life uniquely. There are occasions when a large group of people lose an ability to decipher artwork. I believe it is because of the global influences of art. The local, talking to friends or falling in love, experiences are similar throughout time and communicate to people everywhere. Famous Artists who surpass several generations are excellent at understanding personalities and living life in a method that will remain similar for many generations.

It is the cliches and opinions about government and philosophy that change. One movie causes mass confusion about what a word implies for several decades. Someone will eventually clarify terminology. What does it really mean? Does it sound like nonsense?

The meaningful aspects of art are a reflection of how a person lives life. There is comfort in expressing common feelings about life. It is more empathetic. Being able to relate to other people is a definite part of communication. It feels good to not feel alone.

It is possible to find a balance between personal motivations and motivations of the audience. To communicate better, I will amplifying my poetic style with techniques coming from eras of poetry. I have always thoughts free-verse should have poetic elements. It is in the overall composition or lack of repetition making a Reader realize it is free-verse. It is not an assault on former styles of writing. It is maintaining pace with Contemporaries and modern opinions of poetry.

A person can never really escape their virtue. A person is always who they will be and makes conscious or unconscious decision to learn and mature. This process is associated with character. It reminds me of Old People who have smile or frown lines. Maybe they have neither. Some would say the smile lines are better, yet in my experience the frown lines make a person look as though they possess determination, feeling and depth of thought. It is perspective.

Quirky Books
Poetic Meter and Poetic Form by Paul Fussell