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I am concerned with the materiality of the materials that I employ; their potency or potential as mediums. Whether it is the pooling of ink as it dries on cartridge paper or the print left on raw clay as the print is registered upon it. I am interested in how my actions can suggest an encapsulation of an action or event. The transformations that occur within the creative process when you work with materials are fundamental to creativity; the idea is given freedom to change.1 I believe that action theory provides the best explanation for creativity in the real world. Action theorists such as John Dewey aren’t concerned with the creative ideas in the artist’ mind, they are more concerned with “action in the world, and the practical effects of that action.”2
1.Robert Keith Sawyer, Explaining Creativity – The Science of Human Innovation, p. 58
2. Robert Keith Sawyer, Improvisation and the Creative Process: Dewey, Collingwood, and the Aesthetics of Spontaneity, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol 58, No. 2, Improvisation in the Arts (Spring, 2000), pp. 149–161, p.153.
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