A portrait of the artist as a rhubarb

I am endlessly intrigued and inspired by the Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive exhibition on at the Vancouver Art Gallery right now.  I have gone once with the distraction of performance art and alcohol, and again with a 5-year-old.  I’m planning to skip work Tuesday to have Natalie Brettschneider all to myself.

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Carol Sawyer/Natalie Brettschneider Archive, from the artist’s website.  My best friend said this was me when I’m 80.  One of the nicest things anyone’s ever said to me!

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Dasha

I work in design… in more than one way.  It’s kinda meta.  Basically I work as an educator and curriculum designer in a design field of study.

I’m not sure how I missed this, but I recently came across some random mention of empathy and design in the same sentence.  Zing!  Lightning strikes!  I have so many ideas and thoughts tumbling out…

I’ve been fascinated with artists and narcissism, creativity and dysfunction, roadblocks and self-defeating behaviours.  I’m designing a course on personal and professional development for designers; I’m examining my own preferences for creative companions, while maintaining a commitment to self-care; I’m questioning with a friend why we chose design rather than art.

A few things to add to the nebulous cloud of ideas:

Ambidextrous thinking – implies thinking with ‘right’ and ‘left’ brains together, as well as thinking with the whole body (in other words, kinesthetic thinking)

Scientific vs. Design thinking – How do we approach problems similarly?  Differently?

Wicked problems – problems that are not only difficult to solve, but difficult to define.  Has me thinking about the Ingenuity Gap.

Characteristics of the designer – Empathetic, curious, creative, left+right brained, optimistic, collaborative

I’m also interested to explore applying design thinking to societal and business problems – truly creative problem solving .  Design thinking leaves room for the muckiness of a wicked problem… and we’ve certainly got a lot of those.

I feel like I need to do some flow-charting….

 

 

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Zander Olsen’s Tree, Line brings two of my loves together: art that interacts with the natural landscape (Olsen describes them as “site specific interventions in the landscape”), and art that invites the viewer into a perspective shift.  Considering the latter, I revel in these glimpses of a different way of looking at the world.  Like perhaps I can keep my brain in this alternate universe for a moment, and solve a problem that’s confounded me.

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This piece by Graziano Locatelli is haunting me.  It landed in my instagram feed while I was away camping for the last week.  I keep going back to it, sending it to another friend, going back to it…  art-graziano-locatelli-03b-664x1000

But perhaps more haunting is the mystery of his personal website.  Why did he let it expire?  Who is this Japanese beef-loving party planner who’s taken over?  How does such an unattractive WordPress theme exist?  The mistranslation from party planner to social worker is so satisfying!

I recommend poking around on his facebook page for “i Pop”.

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Today I scoured the city for inspiration.  Art left me empty, trains of thought hit dead ends.  And then my daycare provider sent me this song, saying my kid really liked it.