Reading In Seeing is Forgetting was a very inspiring and eye opening experience. It was incredibly insightful to learn about Robert Irwin and his methodology within his works. Robert Irwin was exceptional at creating art that questioned the creation of art. His work proposed questions of intention in the creative process, and it purposefully neglected to adhere to the “rules” of art. He also welcomed readers into his “unglorified” process of dealing with uncertainty when embarking on a new piece, like staring at the canvas for days to weeks at a time trying to figure out what to do (something many of us struggle with as we embark on a new piece). It was also very inspiring to observe how the overall human experience, from spiritual or psychological to emotional, transcend through his work and thought process.
Learning about Robert Irwin allowed me to do great reflection on my own work process. I currently feel as though I have all the tools to create any of the art that I would want to - but I struggle with finding what I can create that would hold meaning to me. Merging intellectualism with my art and design creates excitement, while exploring ideas in how to do so can become overwhelming. Insecurities of whether I am being vain or pretentious in my artistic objectives when trying to merge intellectualism with design, often appear. But, it is very important to note that this reading covered Robert Irwin through years of his creations - to develop such a skill can take a lifetime and there truly is no rush.