A work of art created with intention is compelling--we intuitively recognize when something is done with purpose and inner direction. Yet as artists we are also seekers and explorers in our work. Our creative path is often wandering rather than straight, and it may seem false or against our nature to state a clear intention or meaning behind our work. How can we work with intention yet remain open and flexible? What are the advantages of clarifying intentions?
Knowing what is most meaningful to you in your work and applying that knowledge in a flexible way is key. Your intentions, if broad enough, allow for unfolding interpretations over time. You can also think about more narrowly focused and temporary intentions within the bigger picture. These might serve the needs of a particular work of art or series, or be about focusing on learning a new medium
But your most basic, underlying intentions, once recognized, can remain unchanged for decades. They are the “big picture” focus that underlies who you are and what you want to say. What moves you? What qualities do you always want in your work? What ideas have always pulled you? Over time, your expression of these ideas finds different forms, but these basic aspects of who you are remain true.
Acknowledging and writing down your core intentions is a powerful tool. Intentions help you to stay on track and to critique and understand your own work. While the idea of discovering these may seem daunting, it need not be done all at once. Setting intentions can be a work in progress until you feel you have found the essence of what is meaningful to you. At that point, they become a guiding and unifying force in bringing strength and consistency to your work.
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