Postulate: There is a very easy way to determine if one has an artist’s soul.
The formula/title of this entry presented in words would be – “(the) imaginary, raised to the power of time divided by energy (or effort), yields a smile“.
If – while engaged in the act of creation – one smiles, one is likely an artist or may “soon” be.
“Soon” is a variable. The specifics of the act may also not be a constant. Both the process and product might seem radical and/or irrational. If the creation, intended or not, proves smile-inducing – should it not count as art?
Pandora’s Pets are part of my art and process. As individual creations, I smile at each one as they evolve. I have been fortunate enough to sell nearly 50 of them – not counting the Pets out on consignment.
As a group – and as the subject of an evolving “mythology” – they satisfy the need to remind myself of patience, innocence, and hope. They will also be featured in an illustrated book for inner children (in progress). It deals with emotions and stars Pandora and her bestie, Hope.
“Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.”
— Henry Ford in his autobiography, “My Life and Work” (1922), speaking about the Model T in 1909.
The Pets‘ horns and black coloration are obvious but they are intended and presented as creatures of hope (ἐλπίς, or elpís, in the original myths). Their appearance and presence in my own mythology probably dates to about my first birthday during college.
I can no longer say for certain but they might have stemmed from “personification” of attention to detail. The tiny and good devils in the detail, if you will.
The most frequently used word regarding Pandora’s Pets when I am presenting them to potential customers is “adorable”.
They just make me smile.