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Episode Info: Intro NOTES: This topic comes up a lot in workshops—"I’m too scattered”— work is all over the place -wanting more focus, direction, way to bring depth to their work. But also said in a positive way-- “I have a lot of interests.” “A lot of things excite me.” In either case, we’re talking about someone who works in a lot of different media or styles First—it can indeed be a positive thing. --A necessary stage of searching at the beginning of your art journey --if you’re blocked –try new things can be good advice --basic attitude of being open and exploratory is good --working in various media can cross-pollinate and be very helpful some well-developed artists work across media and subject matter: Usually conceptually drive—an underlying continuity of ideas, emotions, or which visual elements they are drawn to. Sense of connection, Open to any form that expresses what they want to say. Interests are dealt with in a focused way. Example: Picasso, Gerhart Richter, lots of contemporary artists who work in installation format with many components tied together conceptually Negative aspects: From less developed artists: Scattered, lack of focus or consistent voice, work lacks depth, can seem derivative Use “Is it me?” to decide what you are really connected with, that you have focused on in a sustained way. Recognize that consistency is an aspect of personal voice. The objective judgement is whether the work is high quality, well-developed, mastery of media—this comes only through sustained focus May not be obvious as a rut type of comfort zone (stagnation) gives feeling of change, exploration. Can be defended as this, a deflection attitude for any criticism that the work lacks depth. Comfortable because easier to skim surface than dig deeply. Being in “forever a student” mode is a comfort zone that may impeded your progress If you are in this kind of rut recognize that it involves a lot of avoidance behavior: Avoiding frustration Avoiding criticism Avoiding need to explain or understand the work Avoiding taking next steps in your career and putting yourself out there Avoiding success and the challenges that come with that Lack of commitment means you never have to really excel or challenge yourself Like being unable to commit to a relationship and weather the hard parts Can be hard to recognize in yourself—easy to justify—you have a lot of interests, so many things to try—you’re generally excited about your work and it feels good. You may not see it as a problem. And it is not a problem if you are truly happy with things as they are. It’s your work and entirely up to you if you want to change. Is it a choice or default mode? If you don’t feel happy with it --how to identify this a negative kind of comfort zone? questions: Do you have basic underlying intentions that you bring to all your wor...
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