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More than One Right Answer

Making art is confusing because there is often more than one right answer. This is difficult for students, and a challenge to teach. We often think that throwing everything into a project will make it successful, when really, eliminating information would be a better solution. What you don't say is often just as important as what you leave in. It gets messy and confusing, it's difficult to know when to do less.


This piece is a perfect example. I planned on glazing this from the beginning, but upon further reflection, as well as some comments by other artists whom I respect, said it doesn't need more. it wants to stay just like this, unglazed.

What is it about wanting to proceed when it's probably better as is? If I apply the glaze: red buzzard, black and yellow Gila Monster, and white rabbit, will it be better? It might be better, but if it isn't, there's no going back.


In art class, the students and I talk about doing our audience a favor by leaving information out, so that the viewer can fill in the missing pieces. I believe this, but living by this advice is more difficult in practice.


"Also attesting to this false impression is the fact that many people struggle through life by persistently pushing without understanding the effectiveness of pulling back." Uncanny Valley

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