By Maria Chatzi | January 21, 2019
From time to time, we all need a creative break to help us stretch our creativity and get over our creative blocks. I've tried various approaches and found that one of the best ways to open myself up to creative potential is by exploring unconventional art.
This exploration is a fun and exciting experience, intriguing and challenging at times, which hones our creative skills and craft. It results in a more unique and authentic style in our creative work because new ways of perceiving things and expressing ourselves always help us come up with fresh and bold ideas.
So, how about taking a break and stretching your creativity with unconventional art?
First, you must consider whether the art you are going to create will be unconventional in terms of:
You can combine two or more from the above list, but the more you combine the higher the level of difficulty, especially if you are new to unconventional art.
Also, a good idea is to first explore and experiment with the type of unconventional art that speaks to your soul and, later, move on to the kind you dislike. Working on what inspires you is strongly motivating but working with what you dislike strengthens your determination and self-confidence as a creative artist. In both cases, try to create something that is meaningful to you, related to your emotions, your memories, your dreams and desires, and your personal relationships.
Following is a random list of some artists whose work you can find online, for you to get acquainted with various forms of unconventional art. Some of the artists on this list you may have heard of and seen their artwork. Of course, there are other unconventional artists, famous or not, whose work is equally impressive with the creations of those listed below. I suggest you go on a scavenger-hunt, online and offline (visit libraries, galleries, exhibitions and art museums), to complete the list with the missing names of those other unconventional creatives — and keep adding over time to make the list as long as possible. Hint: If you have a friend or neighbor who creates unconventional art add their name (followed by what they create) to the list too.
|1||Andres Amador||creates beach art|
|2||Kseniya Simonova||creates sand art animations|
|3||Yusuke Asai||creates mud painting murals|
|4||Sarah Rosado||creates with soil and sticks, cereals, coffee beans|
|5||Florian Pucher||creates carpets from aerial photos|
|6||Scott Wade||creates scenes from dust on car windows|
|7||Gentry||creates obsolete technology art|
|8||Mike Bernard||paints with cardboard on canvas|
|9||Sophie Munns||paints with string on canvas|
|10||Fabienne Verdier||paints with a mop|
|11||Iris Scott||paints with her fingers|
|12||Zaria Forman||paints with her hands|
|13||Janine Antoni||paints with her hair, mouth, eyelashes, other body parts|
|14||Guido Daniele||paints animals on human hands|
|15||May Sum||creates lipstick sculptures|
|16||Simon Beck||creates frozen lake art|
|17||Tisha Cherry||creates food art|
|18||Jane Perkins||creates found objects art|
|19||Joe Mangrum||creates sand paintings on sidewalks and galleries|
|20||Linda Heath||creates prints from fish rubbings|
|21||Maurizio Savini||creates sculptures with chewed bubble gum|
|22||Damon Belanger||creates street art with fake shadows|
|23||Sue Webster, Tim Noble, and Kumi Yamashita||create shadow art with various solid and discarded objects|
|24||Michael Breach, Nowtoo Sugi, and Akira Toriyama||create milk foam art in cups of coffee|
|25||Lor-K||creates giant street food-sculptures by recycling waste and discarded mattresses|
|26||Mbongeni Buthelezi||creates portraits and other wall art with plastic bag strips|
|27||Nikolai Beyer||creates shoe art from meat, vegetables and chocolate|
|28||Wim Delvoye||creates sculpted and carved art on tractor tires|
|29||Ana Teresa Barboza||creates embroidery art that defies boundaries|
|30||Severija Incirauskaite-Kriauneviciene||creates cross-stitch patterns unto buckets, utensils and cars|
|21||Matthew Cox||creates embroidery art on X-ray films|
|32||Laura Pixley||creates fork jewelry|
|33||Satoru Aoyama and Aline Brant||create embroidery art on photographs|
To get you started, here are some ideas for unconventional art projects to create individually or in collaboration with a friend:
Stretching our creativity with unconventional art is not only for those moments we get stuck or feel we need a creative change. Whether you are pursuing a creative career, a creative life or a creative hobby, the destination, the journey and the outcome will all be interesting, to you and to others, if you stretch your creativity by moving from the familiar and conventional to the unfamiliar and unconventional.
Maria Chatzi is a teacher, jewelry artist, and craft designer who loves nature, learning and helping adults and kids discover their creative side. ...
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