Selected Principles of Rapid Collage

The intention of rapid-collage is to disrupt the manner of working in what the artist normally calls “style”.

Rapid-collage is a “non-thinking” creative act where the sudden revelation of image and metaphor marks the consent of things chosen.

Because there is actually nothing invested in the making of rapid-collage all possibilities are present.

Rapid-collage eliminates all traces of deliberation, self, and restraint. This is called “non-doing”. When non-doing appears as creative action it is without thought, reflexive, and intuitive.

Rapid-collage prevents any elevating movement toward a fixed goal. To “be nowhere” is to let oneself be.

Rapid-collage resides in spontaneity. Spontaneity opens up the work.
Spontaneity or “rapidity” arises from an uncontrived selfless act in accordance with the creative nature of authenticity.

Why does rapid-collage lie within the authentic? Because to be the authentic is to be detached and stand aside from oneself and the work so that the working process can take on an untrammeled life of its own. Labored self-involvement, contrivance, ulterior motives, even the extraordinary facility that one may have must be let-go.

Non-doing, spontaneity, and detachment in rapid-collage allow for playfulness. Playful arising is authorized by both risk and trust in the process and in oneself. To be truly playful and improvisational one must not look for results.

Rapid-collage brings back full presence to the process and to the work. Being fully present while rapidly working is another way of saying one is wholly empty, which provides the open receptivity that brings the work to fruition.

“It is not certainty which is creative, but the uncertainty we are pledged to in our works.” ––Edmond Jabes

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