The other day, I was telling one of my friends how imperfection amazes me. Imperfection in art, however, is on a whole other level for me. When I started to immerse myself in more art, people often told me that certain things such as bleeding ink, motion blurs, splattered paint, grainy images, incomplete line-art, cracks in statues, smeared paint etc. were considered as ‘flaws’. Yet, to this day, I have never been able to understand the reason why these ‘flaws’ draw me to them. I genuinely love the ‘flaws’ in art; they’re not flaws at all. In fact, it’s these little quirks in art that give aspiring artists the hope that their art is worthy as well.
I used to look at all the art that kept showing up on my social media newsfeeds and I used to wonder if I would ever be as good at what I do as any of those artists. Thinking about that now makes me realize how wrong my perspective was back then; if only I had known back then that I should try to put my work out there, no matter how ‘flawed’ it is, maybe my work would have been known by more people by now. But that’s the thing about growth. You cannot rush something like that. It takes its own sweet time. The old me would have freaked out and screamed ‘What am I even doing with my life?‘ The current me, however, knows that I am exactly where I’m supposed to be, even if I am stumbling around a little bit.
I spent more than 8 hours working on something today and it wasn’t until an hour ago that I got the details the way I wanted them to be. Sometimes, no matter how much of a head-start you have, you end up reaching your destination at the time you were originally meant to. I don’t even know if that makes sense, honestly. But here’s what I know: every single one of us has a very different approach to the way we choose to look at things. The grainy, faded photo that I find beautiful doesn’t necessarily have to look appealing to you. But that doesn’t mean that the photo is flawed, either.
Another example is how people take away different things from the same piece of art. Every interpretation is unique. Because if art was as straightforward as just about everything else in life, it wouldn’t be one of those things that people would escape to. That is why I take great pride in being a part of the creative community. As much as I would like to believe that I would do well anywhere else in life, I find myself being drawn back to the creative community, one way or another. For the longest time, people would tell me that it wasn’t the most practical thing. None of that mattered in the face of what I actually wanted to do, though. Because as stupid or ‘flawed’ as it may seem, you cannot force people into doing things that they have no interest in.
Choose to look past what you call ‘flaws’. Choose to find beauty in the little quirks because you never know what new perspective is in store for you. Look past the ordinary.
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