…and I’ll tell you why. This semester a key part in every piece that I have done is improvisation. The guitar line and drum beats in the song were improvised. Much of my dance was choreographed in a trial and error improvisation method. I went in with a clear head, and allowed art to happen. I’ve never thought of visual art that way. It’s always been something carefully planned or meticulously copied from reality. But when I was gathering sources for my project’s Works Cited, I gathered lots of sources focused on creating visual art using musical improvisation techniques. As someone who primarily identifies herself as a musician, this speaks to me. And since reading these articles I’ve become infatuated with the idea. And so I’ve decided to try something entirely new to me. I want to improvise my final drawing.
Here is a link to one of the articles that sent me out on this path.
I’ve been thinking heavily on what exactly this process should be. And I’m harkening back to the methods I used while dancing. Essentially I’ll improvise the whole thing, all at once, in one sitting. And then do it again, and again. Once I have a few sketches, all fairly different, I’ll work on the process of sorting through them and finding likes and dislikes within each. Keeping these things in mind, however, not looking at the prior improvisations, I’ll make another. From there I’ll enter a process of revision, where I’ll pull out issues with the piece and address them one at a time.
While I know that time is running short, I think that this is the path that I have to take this project for me to fulfill the exploratory nature of it all. Wish me luck.