I write for many reasons. So when I sit down to write after a CAS Research (and reading) Group meeting, it’s important to remember why I’m writing about theory and art.
Some initial thoughts…
- I write for my pleasure.
- I write to make visible how my individual experiences of life inform my perspective and understanding of theory.
- I write to develop my understanding of theory and show how it relates to my work.
I take pleasure in paragraphs that show how I think. I have no interest in editing my thought processes beyond recognition, removing them from my natural disposition for the sake of clarity. I therefore resolve to preserve the initial style of expression as much as possible. Even when sentences appear with multiple clauses and parenthesis. The sound, rhythm and order of words is important to me.
Where a paragraph is dense with theory and multiple directions of thought I will practice expanding on each point until it’s meaning is as clear to you as it is to me.
My understanding comes like a flash, consisting of an explosion of seemingly unconnected points. But in my mind there is a connection and it is these connections I must make visible. I’m not sure the connections are strictly linear like lines of string on a peg board of clippings. Less like a peg board, more like an astrological chart depicting stars and planets in both a literal placement and in symbolic relationship to one another.
Here perhaps emerges a way for writing about theory.
What are the relationships?
Why has my mind selected that information to be included, what is it’s significance?
What is revealed about my subject?