The conceptual work of this book was merely preparation for the task; the real work of finding balance requires constant practice.
Dive deep in your introspection, reach your unspeakable core, and then, “Make art there.” The struggle to communicate the incommunicable is what makes us most human.
Our core values are our map of the world. To be emotionally and spiritually healthy, we must be aware of these values and seek to enact them in the world, relieving ourselves from internal psychological tension. This process of introspection and action is recursive, and must continue our whole lives.
Live The Questions is not just a website; it represents an ethos for authentic engagement with a community of ideas. Such a community is built around peer intimacy. “The Open” is precisely this space for discussion, presentation, and conversation about what matters most.
My thought flow is organized into eight chapters, which are grouped into a conceptual framework of four sections containing two chapters each. This framework helps me be intentional with each section, and will help guide the writing process in an organic way. The conceptual framework came to me while studying Kabbalah, which organizes ideas into associative patterns, just like metapattern. Ron Feldman breaks the notion of “breath” out into four moments: empty lungs, inhale, full lungs, and exhale. Each of these four moments has rich associations within Jewish mysticism, and for me, rich connections to my past artwork. I’ve combined these four moments of breath with their respective mystical connotations and the four branches of my Yggdrasil series to form an embodied, emotional framework for organizing these chapters.