I already used this email exchange in a reply to Francoise, but decided to post it so everyone can see how wrong I was.  Here is my side of the conversation.

On Jan 1, 2012, at 8:48 AM, michael smith wrote:
I doubt that many of the ‘general public’ will ever see this blog.  My idea in starting it was to make a journal, or record of what my ‘process’ is.  Primarily just for myself.  Weird, huh?

=== No, not weird, but why have it public ?

But, then I realized that I’m just as interested in what other ‘creators’ go through to take some idea and actually MAKE something.  Really, just the sort of communication that you and I already have.  I’d like to see photos of your shop, and the sort of cynical comments that you already share with me.
 It gets me out of my little, naive way of looking at making something that I intend to try to sell.

=== Naive is GOOD !

It’s our communication that makes me curious about what artists are about.  Whether it’s primarily the $$$$$$$$’s, to save the environment, to go to art fairs and meet cool people, whatever.  Do they start with detailed drawings and measurements, or, like me, just start putting different things together till they decide ‘that’s it’.   Like I said, you have made me curious when I see some art that I like–where and how did the artist get there.

=== Again, why publish it then ?

There is probably no ‘value’ to you.  Just to me.  Just write like you always do to me–I might be the only one that reads it anyway!


About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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2 Responses to I WAS WRONG !!!

  1. Hi Mike,
    I do not start with detailed drawings- sometimes I don’t even know how I start!. With the collages i start with a color background and then start cutting up paper etc. it just happens….. I have this saying…- I am like an actor in the moment- so lost in the role that it can never be recreated. I have tried to re create some pieces and it just never works out the same way…. have to be ” in the moment”
    Instead of thinking if something will sell… just do it for yourself 1st. you have to be happy with what you are creating.
    If no one understands it, likes it, buys it… you made it and it came from within. It is an expression of being.

  2. Thanks for that great ‘artist statement’ Doree. That’s why I started this blog really. To hear from other ‘creators’ about how they work, and why.


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