As the day focused a lot on artistic and creative process and its relation to psychoanalysis I thought Creed was performing just that. It was a process on display and Creed did talk about some of his ways of working also. This included his thoughts on the art we see as being just the end product 'the bits left over when the artist has finished, it's like the sediment left over at the bottom of the glass' and people don't see the personal process.
It was Creed's frustration of this process ...
'I want to drink the glass of wine, not just see the sediment at the bottom of the glass'
this led him onto making music, in which the work happens in the time it is experienced.
|Work No. 263 - A Protrusion From a Wall, 2001|
Lesley Caldwell a psychoanalyst brings some interesting thoughts into her reading that I haven't come across before. In the book The Many Faces of Eros, Joyce McDougall discusses the creative process inspired by the thoughts of Sigmund Freud, Donald Winnicott and Melanie Klein. Drawing from Freud's sexuality and the drives, from Klein the infantile fantasy, violence and its importance in creative production then from Winnicott the idea of play not just a carefree activity but something serious as work. It is these factors that 'form the background to any creative thought or act'. These are all linked to the body and its libidinal drives. To be honest I get a little lost at about this point, but find that this is quite interesting and could instigate some further research.
Caldwell questions where the process takes place in Creed's work, and whether it does actually happen in front of the audience as he so wishes or even within due to its conceptual nature.
In finishing Caldwell mentions a quote by Guy Brett:
'Art is a way of explaining the world'
Hope you have enjoyed reading the blog posts on this really interesting seminar? It is nice to share and hope it's been useful? Next up will be the Louise Bourgeois and her psychoanalytic writings conference I attended at the weekend.