My artistic Recipes
According to Creative Matter by Emily Jean Hood and Amelia M. Kraehe, Artists ask questions, formulate problems, speculate, investigate, experiment, fail many times, but make discoveries along the way.
Bentley called them “everyday artists” (Bentley, 2013, p. 7). In other words, the spirit of an artist is the process of finding answers to one's own questions through trial and error with a spirit of experimentation. And they search for materials suitable for this experimental process.
“From a materialist perspective, it represents the vitality of our matter just beneath the surface of perception. To be lost is to be curious, captivated, and entangled not in the idea of art but in the material work of art. “
As in the article above, being lost means being curious, captivated, and entangled in the art itself. I, too, would like to define the relevant and explanatory elements of this kind of art as the work of ‘getting lost.’ Also, as art education theorist John Baldaccino said, if we compare art research to cooking, I would define art as the process of finding the ingredients needed for this research process and creating your own recipe. In this sense, my art materials are organized by period as follows.
I got the idea to organize this by period from the paper below, where the author included his own sketches in the format of a paper. So, I created the material as if I were presenting a research paper.
(See: What artists do when they draw, in Zacks, J. M., & Taylor, H. A. (Eds.). (2017). Representations in Mind and World: Essays Inspired by Barbara Tversky. Psychology Press.)
I have organized my work and related concepts for each main material as shown below.
The following is about the balloon smashing technique that I discovered as the culmination of my exploration of materials.
There is a painter I like who led this thought. They are Alfred Dürer, a German painter, and Lee Jung-seop, a Korean painter. Through these two, I was able to learn the spirit of an artist who searches for his own answer. In other words, it is an attitude of listening to my inner voice as if others were saying it and finding a conclusion through constant battle and dialogue with myself. And in the end, these results were delivered to us in the form of works that transcend the ages and shine forever.
Through this art research, it was a useful time for me to look back on my past work and memories such as my first love. What struck me most was the great connection between my early drawings and my current discoveries. Also, I believe that this work is never in vain, and as a result, the artist's spirit of finding answers to the questions I ask myself, like cooking, ultimately becomes a joyous feast for everyone to share. In this sense, my work was and is still the same and will continue without stopping in the future. I am so thankful for this.
Myungja Anna Koh