I looked up hermeneutic and was left more confused. Can you please elaborate what you mean when you say it?
I think inspiration is intensely personal. For me, the phrase ‘resonance’ comes to mind. An idea, an image, an experience can grab my attention and provoke ideas that intrigue me, phrases that play in a poetical fashion, a burst of creative energy.
Sometimes it is a shared experience. I have been obsessed with gelli plate printing for a couple of years after my sister gave me a plate for Christmas. I looked up many videos and ideas on line and have shared my learning in workshops, with friends and students. Often afterwards I have an intense period of exploration, often suggested by other’s ideas and actions.
The museums can be a huge source of inspiration: David Altmedj fascinates me. At first I was physically repulsed by his imagery and a second visit enabled me to appreciate his humour and different perspective. I do not like the images of Dana Schultz, but again, the breadth of her body of work, the provocative crudity grabs me. Our Modern Art Gallery has “Les moments créatifs”, a visit to a work, with discussion shared with our group, technique demo and then a workshop where we are invited to follow instructions, to re-invent the process in our own fashion, to respond, to look at what the other participants are doing. I find that really inspiring.
The Rodin exhibit captured my heart. There is something so alive in the imperfection of his sculptures, something so raw and passionate. I felt ‘broken’ when the perfect sculptures in the Louvre left me feeling blank, but when I got to the Rodin exhibit in Paris, I felt alive, electric.