Three me please
Three is a magic number. From the micro (protons, neutrons and electrons) to the cosmic (planets, stars and galaxies), nature bundles it’s wonders in three. I suppose it is no surprise, then, that humans do exactly the same within their world:
Storytelling and the trilogy
Religion and the trinity
Art and the tryptych
Our brains are hard-wired to seek out patterns and relationships, and we are drawn to clusters of three as the simplest way to connect thoughts. We see it used in speech-writing, classroom learning and comedy skits. Simply put: three rules.
So, perhaps it isn’t a coincidence that I too have a trifecta of sorts, at least as it relates to my creative world. Today, it seems these three elements are intertwined more than I had imagined:
To be a full-time working artist is a dream of mine. My guess is it’s the dream of most creatives, and unlike popular myth, it is completely attainable. However, most of us have had other jobs to support ourselves at one point or another, and sadly, many feel ashamed of this.
Not me. The work that has sustained me and my family for decades is not art-related, but it is the foundation that I stand on, and it has taken me around the globe. Through this travel, I became so deeply inspired by the landscapes I roamed, my installation practice was reignited. Now, my installation is sprouting new opportunity for work, but this time in the art world.
See how that rolls? Job—>travel—>installation—>job - and the power of three is born.
I had an exceptionally good sales year in 2018, as did many of my colleagues. As a gift to our team, my company hosted our annual sales meeting in Maui this year. As a bonus, a few extra days to explore the island and an invitation for our loved ones to join was extended.
Mahalo, Opticon, bon voyage, and aloha installation!
Funny enough, this trip was my third visit to Maui, and it’s said, the 3rd time’s the charm.
No small trifle
One very delightful piece of this voyage was a treasure hunt I hosted for all the creative travel enthusiasts I had to leave behind. The beauty of our digital world allowed me to stay engaged while installing almost 3000 miles from home. Working remotely never felt so connected.
In the midst of meetings and Power Point presentations, I managed to sneak away for six installations over six days. With a virtual family of travelers in tow, I shared a map of Maui and posted visual clues on social media about each piece. Nothing like playing a game at work!
So, what was the real treasure in this hunt? The amazing community I’m so lucky to have found along the way!
As rewarding as this trip was, installation always has it’s difficulties. Add work and children to the mix, plus a healthy dose of wind, and new challenges were bound to bubble up:
Challenge 1: Business meetings always spill into the evening, and the sun sets relatively quickly the closer you are to the equator. How do you photograph an installation in the dark?
Challenge 2: Teenagers have slightly less patience when it comes to tagging along on an installation trek. How quickly can you find a site before your child gets bored?
Challenge 3: Maui is in the middle of the ocean, so it is very windy. How do you keep paper pulp from blowing away?
3, 2, 1…
Three has been a lucky number in my life (just look at those amazing three people I call my kids!). So, I won’t dismiss the power of 3 and the critical part my job plays in today’s creative triangle. Without it, I would not have traveled to Maui’s paradise to create yet another set of installations, trying fresh materials and finding new beaches of inspiration.
So, as a typical human being, I suppose I also look for patterns and relationships in the world around me. While pondering the impact of my day job on my creative practice, a few more connections popped up, which I leave for you to chew on:
Without the 3 primary colors, we would have no rainbow
Without the 3 legs of a tripod, a camera would struggle to capture the aurora borealis,
and perhaps most importantly…
Without AAA’s TripTik, we would all be lost.
Don’t worry - I got you covered on the last one. If you’d like your own copy of the Maui treasure map, click, click, click! Let me know what treasures you find in the comments below…
Kisses - Margaret