Hoe belangrijk is zelfdiscipline voor kunstenaars?

Iedereen is een kunstenaar en alle kunstenaars zijn student. Sister Corina Kent was een non en kunstenares die in de jaren zestig furore maakte met ontwapenende pop-art.

Haar bontgekleurde spreuken staan in het teken van hoop, liefde en openheid. Voor haar studenten stelde ze een aantal regels op, die ik zeer waardevol en inspirerend vind.

1. Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while.

2. General duties for a student: pull everything out of your teacher. Pull everything out of your fellow students.

3. General duties for a teacher: pull everything out of your students.

4. Consider everything an experiment.

5. Be self-disciplined. This means find someone wise or smart and choose to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

6. Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.

7. The only rule is work. If you work, it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to something.

8. Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.

9. Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.

10. We’re breaking all of the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities — John Cage.

Helpful Hints: Always be around, come and go to everything, always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully often. Save everything: it might come in handy later. There should be new rules next week.”

Met dank aan het blog The Improvised Life.

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