The process of art-making: An analysis of artist’s modification of conditions in the art-making process

AbstractThe present study investigated how younger and expert artists create artwork, paying special attention to the modification of conditions in the art-making process. Here, “process modification” is the means by which artists generate new artistic ideas/concepts by modifying elements of one’s own previous artwork. To examine whether younger artists use such modifications in the same manner as experts, we interviewed 28 contemporary artists (including 14 experts). Results revealed that most of the younger artists modified their work unsystematically. Younger artists drastically changed the subject/motif, method, and concept for their new artwork. Experts, in contrast, actively used process modification to create a new technique and generated a new concept based on their creative vision.


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