The 64th hexagram of the I Ching is named “before the end”, and that’s the situation I find myself in. A long term project is nearing completion and “the summit is in sight” but, in the words of my translation…”when you do reach the peak ….. you will have done just that. You will have acquired little information and no experience whatsoever about descending the other side.”
And, that is the way it is with artists, for example. It is one thing to create a piece of work, the skills involved are totally different to those needed once the piece has been made. Once made the piece is an object for sale, possibly. It’s attractiveness is dependent on the ability of the maker to market either the piece, or themselves, to prospective buyers.
Watching Hockney today on the TV reminded me of how amazingly talented Warhol, Hirst and others have been in self promotion. Compared to my limited experience of American dinner parties where I was told in no uncertain terms to “network”, I was brought up to be modest and very English. ‘Blowing your own trumpet’ was frowned upon. No-one ever told me that if you don’t blow it no one will hear.
So the summit, the end, is merely the start of a different phase. Artists have to become marketing geniuses if they want to eat the fruits of their creativity (unless they are chefs, I guess). Herein lies a bit of a problem for the artist or other small business. The main person has to do everything (unless they have a wheelbarrow full of cash) creative director, advertising manager, logistics, book-keeping, etc etc. This, in competition to the major players on the international scene who do have the cash to asign these roles to different, talented individuals.
This is, however, no reason to sigh and give in. The world will not beat a path to your door so forget the karmic idea that you will be ‘discovered’. It is simply time to don a new hat and face the world in a different guise (and a bit of luck never hurts).
As the I Ching warns.. “do not become suspended in a meaningless midbreath”.
So, I am waiting for the last few ‘prims’ to dry before cracking open the moulds tomorrow to see if the resultant penultimate pieces are satisfactory, that, and awaiting Amazon to deliver more resin to complete the base.
The great thing about a deadline is that it does concentrate the mind, the bad thing is that you can be tempted to ‘snatch’ at the result and lose patience. It’s an interesting balance.
Hopefully, lots of photos next time …. either that, or another philosophic dissertation on the importance of failure and patience.
Have a great week.