We could take another trite and overused material- feathers , for example-and retrieve their potential as transformative devices. Think of the Native American war bonnets, the feather capes of the Incas, or the masks of the Sepik River New Guineans. In each case the feather , vested with symbolic meaning, is used to transform ordinary space and time and substance , elevating the ordinary to the extraordinary. Viewed in this way, there are no “art supplies” because everything is supply for creative expression. Further, all substances, no matter how slight, even beans, feathers, or crayons, have the same four powers, each with infinite range. Even a feather occupies time and space and is substance and movement. Winsor & Newton paint, Carrera marble, Belgian linen, rosewood, and glass occupy no additional categories.
There are no humble or limited materials. there are only humble, limited uses – and these uses stem from humble, limited thinking.
The powers of every substance stretch in all four directions of time, space, substance and movement. the question is, how far does our mind stretch? How far are we willing to go in pursuit of finding the means to say what has to be said? How far are we willing to go in the exploration of time, space, substance and movement in order to say what mwe must say?