Today, on my way home, Michele Norris did the first broadcast in a series on creative spaces, the physical space in which creative people choose to create. Her first broadcast featured artist James Prosek’s studio, an old schoolhouse built in 1850. Being the creative sort myself, I know how much attention I pay to the space in which I work creatively. My needs in the space change. My requirements of the space change. I found the broadcast fascinating.
This young artist, famous for his paintings of trout, was insightful and wise. I especially appreciated what was said:
Two decades later, Prosek bought the property and turned the schoolhouse into an artist’s studio. I try to make it sound smaller than it is, he says about his workspace, that there’s a small space where I work because I want it to be a humble space. Humility is a big part of being open and receptive to everything you see. Part of being a good observer is to know you don’t know anything.
He went on to state that when you think you know something, you may well be shutting yourself off to something you don’t know, something you don’t see or feel because you erroneously think you already know something that you really don’t. You conform yourself to something you think you know. You block yourself from being receptive and original. Being open to beauty, to possibility, to that which is better and more pure, more alive and profound is such an essential part, not just of creativity, but of beautiful human existence.
Once again, thank you NPR!