Visit to artist Agnes Martin in Galisteo, NM. Sherri Silverman. Artist blog. Creative process.
I brought Agnes a box of herbal tea on my second visit, since she didn't have any when we sat in her home and she made us tea the previous time.
Agnes talked about her creative process, which was quite different from mine. Apparently she told this exact same story to a number of people. She said she didn't get out of bed in the morning until she had the full image in her mind, even if she had to stay in bed sometimes until 3 in the afternoon. Then she would go into the studio and duplicate it. If she didn't copy it perfectly, it didn't work. It only worked as a painting if she replicated the exact image in all its proportions and details as it had come to her. So she had a vision and then manifested it. Clearly her modest, secluded, pared down life and surroundings were designed to allow this process to flourish.Read More