Abstract thought – defining the term is abstract in itself, often contradictory. According to the American Heritage Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, abstract thought is “
In creativity one must first generate an idea, a concept, whether it be theoretical or philosophical, academic or metaphysical. The idea must take root in ourselves. We need to feed it, care for it, love it, before it can become reality. It must come from deep within ourselves. We must form an emotional connection with it. It’s completion must be visualized.
Rollo May describes it this way. “Artists are generally soft spoken persons who are concerned with their inner visions and images. They love to immerse themselves in chaos in order to put it into form…This requires an intensity of emotion, a heightened vitality…”
In short it is the ability to take an idea and run with it. We may not understand why we must run with it until it has been accomplished. We put our whole being into executing an abstract thought without any surety of outcome. Madness? Indeed! But think of the alternative. Without this vitality, this intense manner of planning and performing, all we have left is the mundane. And that certainly will not do.
Creative concepts often begin with observing properties or patterns shared by specific items or events as described at the outset. This particular photo shoot began in such a way. The twisting, turning, gnarled, and tangled mass of fabrics intrigued me and sent me off on a two day photo exploration. I visualized a collection of abstract images meant only as a study in form. On day one I left the mass in tact, draping it, hanging it, further twisting it, arranging it and including it in a still life. On day two I began to unravel it. Amazingly, it was completely satisfying, as if I was somehow unraveling the tangled mass of thought in my mind. Again I say, Madness? Indeed!
Additional images from this shoot can be found on Steller Stories @renukostyle