Artists are taught to observe things as they are, and to imagine what might be.
They learn to see more possibilities, more options, another way to do it.
Unlike professions rooted in precedent (law), generally accepted principles (accounting) or evidence (medicine), artists can’t rely on “proof” to guide their daily decisions. So they must get better at sizing up situations and sensing what to do.
The future will require less constricted thinking, seeing a better way, questioning options. The artists’ view encompasses these questions:
- What do I ultimately want to achieve?
- What’s really going on here?
- Why is this happening?
- What questions should we be asking?
- What other options are there?