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Art & Physics went into April too!
A new reader told me they found my blog at creativeliberty.wordpress.com so I went over and checked it out... to find a great post of creativity links, including my post about my monthly book reading.
It made me smile!
And also made me wonder if people could see the links between my rather random book selections and my creativity or artwork itself.
Strange as it may seem, my choices in non-fiction do usually relate to the artwork in some way. Though the connection might be a bit meandering...
For example, when I read Salt by Mark Kurlanski I was working on a mural installation with Elizabeth Schuch for the Essex Wildlife Trust visitor center at Thurrock. The brief was to cover the archaeology and history of the specific site in our artworks, and a major use of Mucking Flats was salt production by the Romans. So as we made images and boxes of salt and garum my interest was piqued to find out more.
Much of my reading is to catch up with topics I simply didn't study earlier. I have no art history background, and didn't go to art school so didn't learn art theory or art criticism either. I remember little of my history lessons, not to mention I was educated in American schools so we were taught little world history if the US wasn't involved.
|July's books, almost done!|
All these topics contribute to the art. Either encouraging me to expand knowledge of my subject matter, of the philosophy behind my work, or simple inspiration to aim higher.
August reading, with links to the books:
- The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science, by Richard Holmes
- The Elements of Color, by Johannes Itten
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