An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth -Bruce Mau

1. Allow events to change you. You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them. 

The first on Bruce’s list and the first on mine- I feel this rule deep in my bones!! Naturally, humans are adverse to change. Adaptation is difficult and tiring, but I’d like to think my individual ability to adapt is better than that of the average person. The many, big changes I went through when I was younger, helped to shape me into who I am today. I’ve grown so much in so many different ways/aspects and I’m so thankful for that! I want to be as open as I possibly can and I want to experience as many different things as I can while I’m here on earth. When keeping an open mind, the outcome can only be positive. 

2. Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child). Joy is the engine of growth. Exploit the liberty in casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials, and errors. Take the long view and allow yourself the fun of failure every day. 

I often catch myself being overly critical of my work/skills. Hating yourself or your work (an extension of one’s self) is so tiring! I’d love to take Bruce’s advice and maybe calm down after a failure, instead of ripping it up, or gesso-ing it over. Failures serve as proof for your future improvements and they’re also perfectly natural! Failure is inevitable, but I’d rather try and fail then be too afraid to try in the first place. 

3. Drift. Allow yourself to wander aimlessly. Explore adjacencies. Lack judgement. Postpone criticism. 

I love experimenting with new mediums/tools/styles, even if the final product looks like shit. The lure of learning and trying new things is absolutely irresistible to me! Drifting through life- wandering everywhere  and questioning everything- it produces art. 


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