Our brains interface with the world through our physical senses. Nerves are conduits for information to be transmitted into our brains. This is a mystery to me, even though I am a nurse. Our brains are changed by everything they perceive, and from that raw information... that sound, that texture, that smell, that visual image or taste... our brains create the unique, intangible yet specific and complex force that is us... our personality with memories of the past and plans for the future. It’s the operating system and hard drive that transforms the cells of our body into a person.
No two people are alike! So your ideas and my ideas are different.
Art lets us take that invisible storehouse of impressions and make it visible again, through the filter of our amazing brains.
To take it one step further, all that processing and physical manipulating of material (your artistic expression), can then become one of the sights my optic nerves transmit to my brain. And then what? Your creative work becomes part of my visual vocabulary, and informs the art that comes out of me! How many pieces of art do you think I have seen?
On and on it goes. Generation after generation of humanity sharing an incalculable amount of information and interpretation that makes you, you and me, me.
And it also makes us sort of alike. Homogenized.
As I have said, ideas are all around us. They are everywhere. We are inundated with them. So I think the first challenge is in recognizing the idea when it is perceived. It will influence you regardless, so don’t stress over this.
I paint. That is my expression. Because I do this already, my arm and hand become sort of like the GI tract of my brain. When my brain is done digesting the inspiration, it comes out.
When other people see my art, the cycle continues. You may like it, or you may not. I don’t think it really matters.
Do I want you to like my art? Sure.