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The Creative Process

By Viridiana Gutiérrez Tejeda

How can we explain that moment when, as if by miracle, the form, the way, the path, and the result are revealed to us. It is an indefinable moment in that it is variable and at the same time is experienced in a different way by each individual.

“An Approach to the Creative Process”
By Ana Thiel
Thu, Oct 8, 5pm
Bellas Artes

The creative process is not exclusive to artists; each one of us lives it constantly in the solution of life’s daily problems. But what happens when this process is deliberate and one becomes conscious of its existence and importance? When this happens, the figure of the creator emerges; the one who recognizes and propitiates the “encounter” between the productive and the receptive consciousness in an ontological reflection that will lead to the understanding of the being of the work.

The only thing that we can say for sure regarding the creative process is that the grasping of the exterior world gives life to one’s own inner world, following an impulse to emerge. There is a creative energy that propels one to develop and live through the process until the desired result is obtained. This creative will is what defines the creator, the artist.

The creative process can be analyzed from different angles, many times in opposition to one other. From the random to the deliberate, from intuition to the rational, from the forced to the pondered, from doubt to fact, from beginning one thing and ending up with something totally different. There is no formula to experience this process; that is subject to the personality of each creator. Whatever the starting point, it can be stated that it is motive that activates thought and a concern for a solution connected to emotion and experience.

These and many other aspects that can be analyzed and discussed regarding the creative process will be presented on Thursday, October 8, at 5pm at the Sala Literaria within the Bellas Artes building (Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez “El Nigromante”) in the bilingual lecture “An Approach to the Creative Process” by artist Ana Thiel.

“The artist is the individual capable of abdicating his/her will even if only to allow the materials to unfold in their entirety. It is the one who, in a retreat constitutes a saturated and separate appearance, thus of the external. Originators of processes in which they intervene not only as keepers of knowledge or subjects of an extraordinary experience, but as subjects that are situated in singular places in a web of relations and fluxes.”

−Michael Onfray, Les Libertins Baroques


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