During the second year of my studies we had an exhibition in the theatre museum to present our artistic processes. I believe that the best symbol for my creative work is a puzzle and in this show I had three showcases on display:
The first showcase had thousands of puzzle pieces of all different sizes, shapes, and materials piled on the surface. The piece symbolized my conscious and unconscious ideas. The void of a frame was meant to indicate how my imagination alone frames the different and seemingly endless possibilities.
The second showcase consisted of fewer pieces that were bigger and differed in shape. While this piece consisted of several hundred pieces I only included wooden puzzle pieces and covered each one with specifically chosen colorful stick-on-materials. The piece is intended to communicate how my ideas begin to gain shape, culminating, and relating to the other elements and members of the artistic group.
The third piece consisted of two magnetic puzzle pieces placed on different sides of a piece of glass. This piece involved the audience and, as spectator/participants, people were invited to move the pieces around making the piece on the other side of the glass to move as well.
This exhibition aided me in coming to understand my personal work and thinking processes. Perhaps the most descriptively accurate way for me to describe the design process is still through the concepts of ”frame(work)” and ”puzzle” identified here, which both to me illustrate a process in which even the pieces that first do not seem
to fit with each other, in the end, can be connected to create an image. The process is about selective reduction, identifying the essential from the clutter and chaos of all possibilities. Other designers have described their approach is similar in ways. For example, French scenographer-architect Jean-Guy Lecat (Gener 2009) talks about
space in a way that the stage must have simplicity and lightness, yet the hardest thing
in theatrical life is keeping things light and simple because to create something simple and effective you have to have (good and meaningful) ideas. When I speak about finding the ideas it is like finding the simplicity, finding lightness or reducing the pieces of the puzzle to the few that are truly essential in creating the desired impression.