I find the art forms of other cultures to be a wonderful source of inspiration and motivation to create new art. Past travels have provoked a particular affection for the art of the Arab world; the rich jewel tones, magical harmony of colliding patterns, and the value of story that I encountered greatly influence my artwork.
“Everything that we encounter leaves traces behind. Everything contributes imperceptibly to our education” – Goethe
The challenge of creating art that bridges with cultures different from my own, is especially intriguing. I find art such a powerful tool for creating collaboration and visual conversation. It provokes a desire in me to think about or see something in a new way, whether by engaging with unfamiliar materials, cultural traditions, or foreign contexts.
“Even if you have an idea you would like to explore, it is valuable to expand your horizons by considering some of the ideas that other artists have investigated.” – Lucy Lamp
And, I would add my encouragement to intentionally look into the art of foreign cultures. I find it a practice that will not disappoint.