An ongoing theme in this collection of musings is the proper role of the intellect, if there is one, in the creation of art. As a photographer who has relied more on instinct than intellect in choosing how and what to capture, I am typically unmoved by conceptual art that requires the viewer to engage intellectually with a piece.
Painter Agnes Martin shares this sentiment:
The great and fatal pitfall in the art field and in life is dependence on the intellect rather than inspiration. Dependence on intellect means a consideration of observed facts and deductions from observation as a guide in life. Dependence on inspiration means dependence on consciousness, a growing consciousness that develops from awareness of beauty and happiness.
To live and work by inspiration you have to stop thinking. You have to hold your mind still in order to hear inspiration clearly.