Chance … A new set of circumstances, an opportunity. Chance involves the unknown and unpredictable element in happenings that seem to have no assignable cause.
Isn’t it fascinating when you experience an artistic setback? There is a change in your expectations and after the initial reaction and disappointment you can take a step back only to discover the chance for some new understanding…
You can gain strength, courage and confidence by chance experiences even if things do not necessarily go according to plan.
I’ve always loved the idea of serendipity: chance connections and out of the blue encounters that give life a sense of wonder and unexpected meaning. Chance is the opportunity to value-add to the creative process. As an artist, if you connect with the process of serendipity, you invite new reflections into your journey.
Creatively, it is possible to give structure to promote serendipity and chance encounters either by exposing yourself to more opportunities – increasing your openness to experience, or by keeping a record of those experiences and inviting reflection back upon them. A visual diary, for example, promotes opportunities for chance encounters. By keeping a record of the machinations of your mind, by charting through the chaos of experience, you not only inspire yourself, you create a history of your journey. You raise the bar. You participate more fully. You invite process.
How do you use a visual diary – haphazardly or with more concentrated effort? We would love to hear from the artists about how ‘chance’ factors into your artistic challenges either for the 303030 or from your love and discovery of art more generally …
I embrace emerging experience, I participate in discovery. I am a butterfly. I am not a butterfly collector. I want the experience of the butterfly.
– William Stafford.