Sunday, August 3, 2008

The size of an idea

There is a right physical size for every idea.
Henry Moore

8 comments:

kate said...

I know exactly what Moore means. Or more precisely, I feel exactly what he means! Thinker, I have just found your blog and it is truly a gem! How inspirational and affirming! I'm so excited to have found you and I'll be a regular visitor. May I add you to my sidebar?

thinker said...

Hey Kate, I'm glad you like the blog! No problem, you can add me to your sidebar. Welcome!

Robyn said...

This quote is giving me quite a lot of food for thought. I realized just the other day how true it is when someone asked me to create a totem at least quarter of the size of the one hanging in the gallery. It was so difficult for me to downsize and when i did it just didn't have the magic.

thinker said...

Yes, i also think he's right. For me it is sometimes a problem to find that right size.

Ambera said...

very very true, and often the dividing line between success or not..

thinker said...

Yep, it's a heavy task just to place an idea into material, not to mention finding the proper size.

kate said...

Interesting. This has really got me thinking. I have always worked small because I feel that the themes I am expressing...safety, containment, belonging, nurturing, comfort...need to be expressed in a small physical contained space. It just feels right. Or maybe safe? Sometimes I question whether I should break free of my controlled contained works and start working on a bigger scale but haven't followed through because it just doesn't feel like me. Am I remaining true to my vision (and my scale) or am I in a rut, afraid to tackle bigger work? But really, the size comes from the idea. So until I feel a need to express an idea or an emotion that requires a bigger physical space, I imagine I will continue to work small. Something to think about...

thinker said...

I find small pieces more intimate, more private than the big ones. The big ones speak loud, and the small ones are more like a whisper.