During this hectic and unsure times I’ve started to reflect on the time, as a concept. As you may know I often refer to the idea of time, evanescence and fleeting in my creations so this subject is particularly close to my heart.
The first thing which came to my mind (besides Salvador Dali’s “Persistence of Memory” of course) was that the most important events in our lives happen in a matter of a few hours. I’m completely amazed by this discovery. Let’s see: people cheat, get engaged, break up, say “yes” at the altar, kill a man, eat breakfast, come up with a revolutionary idea and it’s all a matter of such a short period of time. How surprising is that. We often think of the events in terms of motives and outcomes. But we rarely think of how much time takes making the actual decision, taking the action. Some of the most important things take just a few seconds. Most of the revolutionary masterpieces were visualised in a very short period of time.
The reason I say this is because I constantly get the idea that I’m somehow late. Late with the deadline, late when it comes to painting. I get the feeling that I haven’t done enough. I’m 22 and there are so many people who have achieved so much more than I have so I’ve got to be late with that too, right? I believe many of us get these thoughts at some point. Afterall we live in a world where there is a lot of competition. The world races fast and so does the art. Pictures became a way to commemorate fleeting reality. But do we have the time to look through them? Or are they just somewhere on our smartphones and occasionally on the platforms such as Instagram. Did the art of photography become a reflex action which anyone can master without even caring? Is our creativity constantly put in frames that we create by comparing ourselves to the others and by rushing somewhere? But where exactly? And so I’d like to encourage you (and myself) to consider something. Since the most important events happen in a blink of an eye is there such a big reason to get stressed out and constantly be on the run? It also applies to creating new art pieces. Because there comes a point when the expectations grow so high that there is a possibility of falling into pattern without noticing it. As one of my professors said ‘sometimes you have to take a few steps back and reflect to go forward’.
Margaret Atwood once wrote: ‘Time is not a thing that passes… it’s a sea on which you float.’
Let’s keep floating.