File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 466


Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2009 14:00:21 -0400
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Sock puppets



On Apr 27, 2009, at 7:26 AM, Alan Cook wrote:

> Once, when I was in Haines, Alaska in February, I did a few simple 
> puppet workshops at the elementary school. One kid in particular,  did 
> a great job, so I asked if he was going to show it the the people at 
> home? No, he said. Why not? Because I have to wear it home.
>
> Another example of the perils of insufficient supplies and financial 
> handicaps.
>
> Alan

Hmmm. I guess that's one way to look at it. But the way I see it, it is 
an example of knowing your boundaries and pushing them, using what you 
have at hand - or at foot as the case may be - with a measure of 
reality/practicality. To create much from little is an art in itself. 
After all, a paining is merely smears of pigment on some piece of 
cloth. Of course, these smears from the hand of a master become 
something, yet even that master began with smears that were more of the 
imagination of a reality, what the future master saw in it, rather than 
what others did. Communicating that vision in a way that others (not 
necessarily all) can understand and share in it is what art is about. 
As we grow as artists, that communication gets better.

Christopher

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