Trotting Out Our Biases for a Test Drive
Pretty regularly, I wipe down my kitchen counters.
A bit less regularly, I straighten out dresser drawers.
Seldom do I rearrange my bookshelves.
How often do I test my chosen biases?
Creatures of comfort, creatures of habit. We are not prone to opening our “thought closets” for review and realignment.
Having just finished an art series on Begging Bowls and Offering Bowls, I am free to consider “What’s next?”
Is this terror or is this opportunity?
When son older was a little boy, he came into my architectural studio just as I placed a large 24” x 36” paper on the drafting board to begin a new client project. He looked at the paper quizzically and said, “How do you know where to start?” When there is a client (or a commission), facts are gathered that limit options.
However, when creating one’s own art, setting limits is considerably harder.
However, it is one of the many perfect times to open my “thoughts closet.” Taking a magnifying lens to review beliefs in the light of new evidence, changing cultural mores, physical realities and any other number of filters, I hope to release some, then adjust, polish and relish the biases that remain.