"I am not interested in what I know, but what I do not" - Anish Kapoor
Discovery of ideas through practice and creation is what I consder to be one of the main functions of art. The art piece at the end serves as a symbol of the found thought.
I always felt a disconnect with my final works - by the end of the process when you have a piece you set out to make at the start, it often doesn't resonate as much.
But it is the act of pursuing, of digging and researching that makes the artist have the thought; process, not product.
It is like your a different person. More knowledgable from when you first started. The piece itself is just a vehicle for you to get to this point. If you were to do it again, you'd do it much better this time - with a more complete understanding of your subject, conceptually and technically.
Often we start with arbitrary opinions. And too often we give too much power to our uninformed thoughts and biases, we take our ideas, malformed and young, and develop them, growing the weeds of ignorance, growing into the crevasses of convenience and simplification.
Sometimes the process enlightens you and shows you how you were wrong. Other times it does not, and your own assumptions get further entrentched and applauded.
We must be careful of our current perspectives.
We must use our opinions as startig impetus, not final intended results.
We must base our ideas on evidence, base our art on evidence. Evidence that has been throughly worked over, over time, over effort and over multiple perspectives.
Effective art changes perspective because of it's clear and natural descent from reason and evidence into subjects that are incredibly nuanced and too often simplified.
The pinicle of complex thought captured in simple forms.
Lightening captured - and the artist as it's conduit, feet firmly planted on grounded evidence.