Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Creative Habits: Rituals

Kalamezhutu being performed. Photo by SK Mohan
According to our friends at Wikipedia you can define a ritual as:  a set of actions, performed mainly for their symbolic value. It may be prescribed by a religion or by the traditions of a community. The term usually excludes actions which are arbitrarily chosen by the performers. There are many other definitions and applications of the word; they range from religious acts to anthropological studies.

I'll keep it simple though. Since I spoke about creating routines yesterday I think it's important to consider part of creative life as a ritual. For example, drawing every day for 1 hour. That's a nice ritual to adopt, heck, one that I'd like to adopt. It would improve my skills, keep me grounded and disciplined to a routine, and offer some measure of spiritual and mental fortitude.

I find myself needing to connect with my spiritual self in this process of becoming a creative being. Since I'm going to be doing a lot of reading and research, I'm going with Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity (Inner Workbook). This I hope will help me develop both spiritually and creatively. It's something that resounds deeply because I am not religious. Art is my religion I suppose.

Gisele Jacquenod's Awesomesauce mug
(I love it and want one pleaseee!)
Currently my main ritual is tea. No tea. No work. Just as birdie says defiantly; but a tea ritual is just part of my story. I have decided to start a new life routine/challenge which is slightly separate from this creative habits plan, but intrinsically linked. It involves yoga and meditation, the latter of which I have been ignoring for some time now. I know it's ultimately important to my creative well-being.

In this Art:21 episode, Janine Antoni (Bahamanian by the way) and Gabriel Orozco speak about rituals in their work. On another note I think I should start every day watching Art:21 and checking out the education section. It is a totally plausible ritual.

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Watch the full episode. See more ART:21.

I'm not sure what form my artistic rituals will take, but I have a fair idea that I'll be using a mixture of media, be it video, drawing or an exercise from one of my drawing books, and well, tea. You can't take that away from me.


Sciarada said...

Ciao Tracey Chan, your thought is very interesting!

Tracey Chan said...

Ciao! Mille grazie :)

a_phake said...

yes practicing your art everyday is something i think is very important for creative development. And finishing pieces - seeing it through to the enddddd

Samantha said...

Julia Cameron is fantastic in her assessment of artistic temperament. I refer to her books often when I am mentally battling with an issue.

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