Uncertainty. It’s an aspect of life that can bring on anxiety, excitement, or both. Some embrace it, others fear it, but nobody goes through life with experiencing it. Many artists are known to embrace uncertainty in their lives. Artists tend to view it differently than scientists and other people. Sometimes it’s the subject of our work and other times the catalyst behind why we do what we do.
When I’m creating, my work passes through three distinct phases: the initial rush of excitement over the idea, the long period of uncertainty during creation, and acceptance of the final product. Sometimes you’ll love it in the end and other times you won’t. The trick is to not be attached to the outcome and learn to handle the middle period of uncertainty.
Here are three lessons I’ve learned from embracing the mysterious middle stage of uncertainty:
When you are experiencing uncertainty, you can’t be 100% precise in your actions, know completely the direction something is going in, or know how fast it will get there. The artist interferes with this process by their actions. This interference always changes and alters the direction and speed. Realizing this and applying the three lessons can enable you to embrace and co-create with changing, uncertain environments as an artist.