A brilliant aspect of art is its ability to form connections between two seemingly unrelated things.
I shared a great conversation with a friend today in which we talked about the power of investigating areas in our past and present lives and using art to find the connections between the things we loved back then and the things we love now; the things we disliked back then and the things we dislike now; the people we were back then and the people we are now; and, how all of those things connect or can be connected through art.
And the more we discussed all of this interesting stuff, the more we realized that uncovering and making these connections takes a lot of work, reflection, insight, and possibly even research. But, we concluded, it's an effort worth making — because making connections where they haven't been made before through art is what really draws people in and forces them to look at and think about the world in new, different, and powerful ways.
So, where are the connections waiting to be made in the art that you make? It's time to start driving down the dirt roads of our pasts and finding the roads that connect.
And then come back to tell the tale of connection.