Today I am reflecting on the duality and contradiction of content. I have had artists tell me that I am speaking different languages through different mediums (the hand of the artist changes). I have also heard the exact opposite about my work (things flow and are in relation as I make through different mediums).
So... this leads me to question, challenge, and find meaning through these opinions and conversations.
From reflecting on this I was also interested in how this relates to my understanding of my formerly interdisciplinary 'title' as an artist and in my practice. I have not felt drawn to one medium, I have always preferred to work through multiple mediums, typically combining their materials, concepts, and process. By learning through a variety of mediums I have been able to examine how I intertwine my art, practice, and lifestyle. I highly believe in you are your process/your art is your process.
What is an interdisciplinary artist/practice?
Above are the two articles I felt gave good working definitions of art disciplines (particularly interdisciplinary). In this research I found I do not relate to these definitions. I felt aligned with 'multi' and 'inter', but not 'discipline'. This led me to dig for a word in search of meaning to the practice that felt right for me. Discipline feels a bit limiting and filled with negative connotations, but my work feels liberating while I am making it. I thought about the word 'potential'. Potential is a word that is open, becoming, and thinking of things as moving forward.
This led me to define myself as a multi/inter potentiality artist. My art, practice, and outlook are both many and between. I work with many conceptual ideas, materials, and 'outside' the art world influences which provide multiple perspectives and perceptions, which is extremely important to me. I also work with these same subjects between each other, I put more value in the between and becoming states rather than the start or destination. I believe the path, process, journey are more interesting than the final 'product'.