Create: Day 65
Make it ephemeral and you’ll revive.
Do you think of your creativity as art for the ages? I hope not. That would be enough to stop anyone from starting a project.
One of the freeing things for a writer is accepting that what you’re working on is nothing more than a SFD (shitty first draft).
Visual artists have an alternate option to get the juices flowing, and that is to make ephemeral art…that is, art that’s not meant to last at all.
Think of those beautifully intricate sand mandalas Buddhist monks spend days creating (and then take moments to destroy) or the incredible fabric drapes of artist Christo.
Think, too, of childhood. Remember what it was like to build sandcastles or snowmen? The creation of ephemeral art has a built-in poignancy even on its simplest level.
So here’s an idea for you: go out and buy a bucket of sidewalk chalk. Use it. Whether you love what you’ve created or hate it, it’s all the same: it’ll be gone with the next rainstorm.
Some cool websites to explore:
Wooster collective (devoted to urban ephemeral art)
flickr ephemeral art (a collection of photos of ephemeral art)
Nicole Dextras’ weedrobes (clothing made of plant material)
Create Month 3
What to do so far:
In case you missed a day, the reminders below are clickable.
Turn unproductive activity into creativity.
Kill the angel and tell the truth.
Try ephemeral art for a creative revive.