Arts Awareness Monthly E-Newsletter | September 2013

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Structure Creates Freedom

Everyone wants freedom—freedom to create their lives, to do their work, and to build their relationships. Artists have an unusually keen sense of what it takes to express themselves without restrictions through their art form. They create their art within a context—and, yes, that context is structure. Artists have learned that, despite what seems counter-intuitive, structure actually creates freedom.

It’s easy to think that you are more limited by structure; but in reality, without structure, you’re in constant chaos. By structure, I mean the knowledge and practices of the art form, business, organization, or group that allow you the freedom to perform meaningfully as an artist, a leader, an employee, a friend—as a human being. It doesn’t mean following an extreme hard and fast set of rules. Structure is the discipline and order that gives you stability, direction, and power.

Some people regard discipline as a chore.
For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly
~ Julie Andrews

Each day artists practice, produce, and perform their art, freely expressing themselves within the context of their art form. They do this by expertly manipulating three basic dynamic forces within the parameters of their particular art form:
  • They know what they need to do to put their art into practice.
  • They know how to take the steps to create meaningful art and achieve success.
  • They are consistent in applying their knowledge.
Only by learning to use the elements and structures of the particular art form can artists communicate expressively. In fact, they know the formal structures so well they can use them without being stuck in a box of strict rules. The structure of a work of art doesn’t dictate, but rather adds to its value.

In everyday life, we’re often so fearful of the extreme structures we see or experience in our work environments, family circumstances, or on the news broadcast from countries around the world, we sometimes try to abandon the very thing that can lead to our greatest success.

By contrast, some of the things we experience are actually a result of the other extreme—the absence of structure. Without structure in a business, organization, or a group of any kind, there are no decision-making boundaries, and as a result, decisions have to be made from the top. There is no freedom in this sort of situation. Instead, individual and organizational growth is limited and creativity is stifled. People have no way to learn or contribute in a meaningful way.

Artists know that creating or performing art with weak structure—poor composition—is a waste of time. There is no meaningful result. Even though the design elements are often hidden, artists constantly consider the structural framework.

Artists consider things such as—
  • The shape and flow of the work
  • Selection and grouping of elements and materials
  • Signs or symbols planned and used
  • The values and beliefs they’re representing
  • The foundation and framework
  • Focal point and balance
Artists learn to combine elements to produce a work of art that is creative—putting the elements of the structure together in a new way. To live the life of your dreams, think like an artist.
Try It Out!

Interesting—Check it out:

Explore the six films based on Yo Yo Ma’s performance of the Bach Cello Suites (some are available to view in part on YouTube)—
The Music Garden and The Sound of Carceri
Falling Downstairs and Sarabande
Struggle for Hope and Six Gestures

Improvisation is too good to leave to chance.
Paul Simon ~

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About the Arts Awareness Newsletter:

This newsletter is meant to spark ideas and develop a deeper understanding of artistic processes and their use in everyday life and work. Content, which comes from personal experiences and a variety of sources, is based on the Arts Awareness concepts developed by Patricia Hoy. Questions? Comments? Contact Patricia at or 901-229-1955, Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA.

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