Contradictions. We are full of them.
In our life, in our work, in the choices we make. And hopefully, in our art.
Because they make the work interesting. Perfection is not interesing. It may please for a moment, but it will not captivate. What captivates is the subtle disharmony of forces rubbing together.
Do not weed out the contradictions in your work. Let them be. See them, let them breathe, appreciate them.
Don’t see any contradictions in your work? Then experiment. How can you create a little tension? Get messy, get it wrong, push it too far and then back it up.
You will find the limit of what works for you once you’ve passed over it.
Living in contradictions can be a little scary. We’re taught to be consistent, be polite, and get it right. But there is much more beauty and honesty at the edges and in the blurred moments.
Loud and proud, it’s time to celebrate your contradictions.