“Space…..the final frontier, where no man has gone before”. Does anyone still remember that famous opening line from Star Trek? It’s been coming to my mind lately since I will be offering a talk entitled: Transitional Space in the Creative Process.

The location venue where I will be speaking has monthly art talks, attended mostly by artists, so I am looking forward to keeping the talk open, throwing out some thoughts on the topic, sprinkling in a few new concepts, and allowing time for open forum discussion.

Here are some of my current thoughts so far on the topic:

Both “space” and “transition” are vital words for art and artists. As a painter, my work is presented in a two dimensional format of paint on canvas. Engaging a viewer by moving an image from the flat format into the experience of three dimensions is my greatest challenge. In my opinion, powerful painting expresses this experience of space, along with the potential to move the viewer’s experience from the mundane to divine. Painting then, creates the space to transition the viewer’s experience.

Space as it relates to art, can be seen metaphorically and literally; and plays an important role in art-making. From the architecture of my studio space to the objects and images positioned in my periphery, these all affect the work itself often emerging into the image like shadows. A certain mental space is required too, as I paint from both sides of my brain, alternating left- and right-brain modes with a constant flow. Space is needed to transition from everyday thinking to the inner psychological space necessary for me to do my work.

Got any thoughts on this? Then please add your comment.

Nancy Reyner, painter, author and instructor offers assistance to artists in a variety of ways. Click here for more info.