Dancing in the Moment: Unlocking Your Creative Flow

By Adele Bass.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper explores the use of process art to break through creative and emotional blocks in order to experience more authenticity(creative flow)in daily life. "Process art" requires rapid, intuitive working methods to access the unconscious mind. Flow is an optimal state of intrinsic motivation characterized by a feeling of being in the moment. It has been described as freedom, personal fulfillment, and maximizing skill. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi first proposed the idea of flow. Process art making is an effective way to open pathways to creative flow. Experiments by the author reveal that creative paralysis in almost any area can be unblocked through a combination of self-awareness exercises combined with visual expression.The visual results often reveal startling new issues and feelings that the "artist" was unaware of before. Making process art allows individuals to experience a feeling of flow which translates into more focus, greater productivity and a heightened sense of well-being. The more clear and focused we are about our goals and unconscious personal desires, the closer we come to living happier, more authentic lives.

Keywords: Creative, Art, Design, Psychology, Block, Creative Block, Process Art, Coaching, Creative Flow

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 1, Issue 6, pp.155-172. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.477MB).

Prof. Adele Bass

Professor, Foundation Department, ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, California, USA

Adele Bass has been a respected professor at the ArtCenter College of Design for the last 16 years while maintaining a successful Communication Design company. Ms. Bass studied psychology at the State University of New York at Binghamton. She worked in a Manhattan Advertising agency and trained as an Executive in the retail trade in Boston before she decided to pursue a career in Art. In her last semester at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, she established AB&Co.Design. She's been doing award-winning work for clients such as The Los Angeles Zoo and the City of Pasadena since 1981. She joined the faculty at ArtCenter in 1990 specializing in teaching the study of letterform and logo design. In 2001, Ms. Bass earned an MFA in Media design and has added website development to her diverse business offerings. In her free time, Ms. Bass makes process art whenever possible. She owns a 100 year old letterpress to enable her to put her own words in print. Typography and psychology are her passions, but she gets her inspiration from her godson, David.

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