To make art is to be in a constant state of inquiry. The final product, in my mind, is just a byproduct of the art of process. There is art that is aesthetically substantial and technically pristine and then there is art that cracks you open, makes you feel something, changes you, if not a lot, at least a little. When art moves you in such a way it is because you connect to what the artist moved through to be able to produce such an experience.
I write a lot about process. Which means a lot of my writing is about writing and a lot of my poetry is about making poems. My goal is not to be pristine. In fact I have no "goal" really. But if I could have a wish, it would be to inspire a little more ease of expression in those desiring to birth their voice or allow their insides to unfold from the unseen to the seen.
The art of process is a continuous raking up of shadows, an interactive dialogue with self-doubt and self-love. To seat oneself between the two voices inside, the one that says 'go forth' and the ones that says 'hold back' is a profound act of courage.
To art is to courage. To collect art, in my observation, goes beyond bringing something aesthetically desirable or politically charged into one's realm, but rather a subconscious attraction to connect to and even adopt a bit of the courage and vulnerability by which the art was made possible in the first place.
To be 'in courage' is to be in heart. Le Coeur = heart and to 'encourage', or encoragier (En Francais) = to make strong, to hearten. So, to encourage, is my wish in sharing my worlds with you.