How do you order your chaos ? I saw a sign visiting a rural eighteenth century house- Hanbury Hall in Worcestershire. An eighteenth century motto on display declared: World is Chaos / Creativity is order.
Set me thinking…
Creativity to me is a cauldron of ideas bubbling, or a hot spring steaming from a volcanic split in the earth…a string telephone connection to your unconscious.
So how can creativity be order ?
Ahh this is the eighteenth century, the age of Reason, taming chaos with reasonable- ness.
This is the ‘wild’ meadow that greets you so charmingly as you approach the house. Artfully chosen wild flowers, colour co-ordinated patterns. Why leave it to random natural selection ? So creativity here is taming the wildness of nature, and re-presenting it with concealed and cunning order, so pleasing to the eye. I admit to finding these gardens soothing to be in. So their order speaks to your spirit. Disorder is discomfiting, scary ? At times of emotional upheaval, do you find yourself putting the spoons in straight lines, wiping the kitchen surfaces ? I do.
I enjoy making quirky and kind observations about other peopleand about places. I write short word sketches about certain situations that feel significant to me, I draw little cartoons. I reflect on particular t.v programmes, films and books as they grab my interest
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August 2, 2016 at 11:06 pm
I guess the rural world was largely chaotic in the eighteenth century and those with power and money wanted to prove their mastery over nature by taming it to the formal precise arrangements that we see at Hanbury Hall. Creativity to me is a combination of a touch of formal along with the beauty of the natural habit of plants and shrubs which became popular later on
August 3, 2016 at 7:42 pm
Thank you for adding a wider picture about the rural world & power & money. And for what creativity means to you.