Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

The business of making

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Wood sculpture by David Esterly

At that messy halfway point, in mid course, the work will tell you what needs to be done next, if you’re open to it. The work will tell you where it wants to go. That halfway point is where the real creativity comes in, in the act of making. As observers of art, we pick that up—we mimic the creation of the work in hearing it, reading it, seeing it. That’s why, with the greatest art, you almost have the sense that you are making it yourself: you’re picking up the embedded creativity that occurred in the making of the thing. Inspiration comes in the business of making.

David Esterly, to Harvard Magazine

Written by nevalalee

June 29, 2013 at 9:50 am

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