I am finding a connection to Paz’s statement: “It scarcely bears repeating that art is not a concept: art is a thing of the senses” in my work as a designer and an artist. When I’m creating an image as a designer, I find that I need a concept to be working with or for. This concept will inform the image created. When I’m creating an image as an artist, the concept is less defined, and usually the imagery is coming directly from my imagination…or my senses. It could be looked at as a flow of my mind, or consciousness, through my hand and into imagery.
That art is not a concept, but a thing of the senses implies that it is an experience to be had. As designers, it could be argued that we are trying to create better experiences for people. For me this is true.
I get confused thinking about myself as strictly a designer or strictly an artist. Where do these two meet? What is produced when they do? The answer probably lies in the work I’m currently doing, since I think about this convergence a lot. But I fall short of extracting this answer myself. Perhaps in order to find it, the work needs to be experienced by someone else. Paz’s description of the craftsman/artisan really spoke to me because it illustrated a place within one person where artist and designer meet.
And finally, I was struck by something that I think is unrelated to what I’ve been talking about so far, but interesting nonetheless. I can’t tell if it misses the mark of the statement, but I wonder what Paz thinks of conceptual art?