We understand our world through complements and contrasts. They say, the artists and neurotics don’t differ much in their ways of consuming the surrounding world, but the artists retain their sanity by forging means to channel the hefty chunks of society they swallow. Being out of their minds, most of the time, ain’t an alien description for most committed artists.
In last two years, I have written more on dead bleached trees than minute reusable pixels. As I preferred the company of moon I soon discovered, it was much comfortable falling asleep on notebooks than keyboards. During this period, I visited Bangalore often and stayed there for long stretches. At one such visit, I was working on a concept for a book on creative mutations. An analysis on the effect these metaphorical genes, twenty-three in the count, will exhibit how they express themselves.
“Your work is too dense on ideas.
Or, serve them as dumplings.”
I received this comment from a Bob Dylan’s fan, a retired journalist, and a massage enthusiast on vacation at Dharamkot. And it made me realize the importance of actionable feedbacks and how subtle they can be. His response was direct and had everything a well-framed criticism must have: perceived impression with a personal reflection, served with the telegram-worthy conciseness of words.
What we love and hate hijacks our attention. On the course of fighting the dark side, a hero eventually learns to empathize with it. Odds are if you now live in a free country, your freedom fighters were once declared terrorist by the contemporary government. The tormented eventually becomes the tormentor because what we seek is a reason for our hatred and… well let Nietzsche say it…
I have been perpetually gravitating towards language. It is a beautiful art of forming sentences. A means to create magic by ordaining words into meaning. Language has powers to teleport us to a utopia, take us in the past, render a new reality, and transfer ideas and memories inside our head.
Both art and kid can make a human of a man. Therefore, the theoretical lessons for arts are almost identical to parenting. It seems obvious considering kids and arts are both acts of creation, former a biological one, later a metaphysical one. The act of conception can be influenced, planned or sometimes accidental. Once conceived success and survival of both rests on three factors: incubation, nursing, and camouflage.