The world of art is a confusing place. For me the creative process is quite simple. It is not an intellectual affair. There are moments when cognitive process do take over and there are moments of more free expression from places within that are prior to this quality of formulation. Writing can be a similar experience with a further step of formulation to contend with. Language itself involves a representational system that must be mastered. But there can be a free-flowing and creative aspect to the expression that originates from the heart using the brain as a tool but not overly involving it.
I become disinterested in creating when I find myself becoming compromised by these cognitive processes. They seem to exclude so much of what I value in creating. This can occur at a cultural level, subtly or not so subtly as artistic creation is over analyzed, commoditized and assessed and art can become defined in a way that is fixed and elitist. A community and dialect and way of seeing is formulated that reinforces superficial concepts that reinforce an institutionalized approach. Artistic expression is outside of this for me. From this an attachment to a way of seeing that perpetuates rigidly defined and fixed perceptions and impressions that is extended to individuals and self-identification occurs. In turn these norms can be an enormous influence. I think that this can as well occur with religion, culture and anything else that we become attached to. Refining our awareness of how we confine and/or limit our experience through this process can be helpful. This awareness itself allows for a letting go and an unfolding that are at the heart of art and creation and life. Artistic creation is a holistic process and is affected by all else.
Chogyam Trungpa raised the notion of “spiritual materialism” in his book of the same name. We can come to compromise and limit our spirituality through the process of attachment to and pursuit of concepts and in the rigid identification with these concepts. The essence of spiritual awareness and unfolding occurs at a level that is prior to conception and prior to cognition. It is a part of our human development and functioning that we process information through our cerebral processes but something is lost in our conditioning that promotes a cerebral function that dominates all other aspects of our being.