I nearly forgot to post today and I have some questions that I’ve been gnawing on for a while.
What medium or media did you work in as an artist before you started in your current medium? Do you ever feel the need to explore another medium? Do you feel that it adds something to your current medium to make periodic explorations into other related or unrelated media?
Some artists successfully work in more than one medium concurrently. Picasso, for example, was known for both his sculpture and painting. The sculptor Brancusi was also a violinist.
Do you think that learning about a new medium helps inform your current medium? Or would it split/disrupt your focus or unnecessarily distract you? I’m not talking about jumping around willy-nilly but making the occasional foray into another form of expression with the intention of returning to your original mode, with hopefully a fresh outlook or a helpful insight to bring to your current work.
I love this quote by Brancusi that I came across while looking for images. It doesn’t relate to the topic, but I couldn’t resist sharing it as it is relevant to us as artists today too.
I do not aspire to be in fashion.
For what is in fashion, goes out of fashion….
If, on the contrary, your work is contested today, it doesn’t matter.
For when it is finally understood, it will be for eternity – Constantin Brancusi