Application and Process
By Barnaby Wills
The love for application and process has played a major part in people’s lives since the 1960’s. Everyone at home uses a technique to help them live their lives with toil and with a certain amount of ease. Artists should try to use simple life skills in art but not put life away with the vacuum cleaner. The highest life skills are what artists can use for everything. Artists need to understand history in general, as well as the relationship art has with our everyday needs being met as social beings. The best work a painter attempts can be understood in regards to a relationship that develops through a process, through a love of application. This love and fondness to the painting process that an artist develops can be found without an old idealistic point of view being made to dominate. Art teaches the human being to learn how to see and how to simply look at the world from a positive angle (as well as many other things). The person who looks at a tree (can perhaps draw a tree) but he or she can also recognise the complicated workings of nature.
Application for an artist is vital for the major events leading up to exhibitions. Each artist everywhere relies on a kind of process and an application of skill set in motion. There is no debate about how important process is to all artists, there seems to be only shimmers of hope in accordance to this very fact. Metaphor is part of our language now, but subject matter can offer new meaning even when the artist leans further to process. Artistic expression needs a process whether it is painting or drawing, or whether it is from other areas of the visual arts. Application can help us both understand art and it can help us all understand art as a visual tool that appears everywhere. Artists of all kinds have attempted to reference imagery from everywhere, but what the human being responds to most can be nature and the holistic side to the natural planet. When the artist uses imagery from nature the process helps the representation of life, but the viewer can respond to process and application.