Finding the Flow

FindFlow_1By Amber McCord

One day while working in my studio in my third semester of sculpture in undergrad I realized while cutting my one thousandth form of styrofoam for my sculpture that I became aware I was in a complete meditative state. I became addicted to this feeling of being completely unaware of what was going on around me. Time, food, money, grades, none of these things mattered to me anymore. Just the building of my masterpiece. What was this feeling and why was it so alluring? Have other artists encountered this too? Was I the only one tripping out in the dark dingy studio in the basement of the art department? No…I was encountering what many people call flow.

FindFlow_2Flow, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. This creates all sorts of positive psychological benefits. Flow is named by Mihály Csikszentmihalyi. He is noted for his work in the study of happiness and creativity, but is best known as the architect of the notion of flow and for his years of research and writing on the topic.

So, the experience I was having in the basement was not at all a hallucinogenic trip but something that my creativity brought to me, and it brought much happiness and creativity to my work and continues to do so every time I put my hands to work.

Irineo Medina experiences flow as well. Medina is a very happy person and very excited about his work all of the time. It must be because he is in flow which in turn shows great artistry in his work.

While these images you see here in this article may look “neat,” in print…in person they look exceptional.

Please take them in at his solo show in Madison at Porter Butts Gallery June 26th- August 11th.

Irineo Medina is currently wrapping up his last year at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He is pursuing his BFA with an emphasis in painting and printmaking. Irineo has been drawing since childhood and at 23 years old he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Irineo eat, sleeps and breathes creation. There is never a moment that something artistic isn’t happening or being kicked around inside his brain. For Irineo, art is about doing what you love, and that’s exactly the way he plans to keep it forever and a day.

FindFlow_3Artist Statement:
“As a printmaker, process is a key ingredient in the flow of my work. My abstract monotypes are about the creative process used to reach the finished product. You can see this process in the movement and energy throughout my work. My pieces originate from music allowing my mind to wander and my hands to dance. There is no formal subject matter just pure energy and soul. The ability to create with no pressure or ideas weighing on my mind allows me a complete freedom that compels me to dive deeper into the realm of abstract and subconscious creation.”

Amber McCord is a contemporary artist living and working in paint and sculpture. She has studied at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and at Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, WA. Currently she is taking a year off school to dedicate solely on her work.

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