Imagination in Creative Art! Learn about:- 1. Creative Aesthetic Imagination 2. Artistic Insight 3. Social Factor.
Creative Aesthetic Imagination:
There is creative aesthetic imagination in inventive production. It must conform to the self-imposed conditions of the artist. For example, aesthetic imagination must conform to the rules of rhyme and rhythm in poetry and music.
These rules are not to be regarded as objective conditions of the real world. They are rather to be regarded as subjective conditions of the artist himself. In spite of the element of control in productive invention, the gifted artist makes play of his work.
The creative imagination gives him pleasure; the inventive production itself is pleasing to him. The work of art achieved adds to his pleasure. But the creative act itself is a source of immense pleasure of the artist. He likes to manipulate his materials, and his playfulness shows his originality. A genius in art never works, but only plays.
In creative art there is assembling of relevant materials from different sources. But this synthetic process though certainly present is only half the story. Thinking of a fish and a woman is not imagining a mermaid, which requires an artistic insight. The whole is the work of creative imagination, which is present to the mind before the arts are worked out.
Generally four stages are recognized in creative art as follows:
The problem is examined on all sides, and material is brought together, but synthesis cannot be achieved.
No attention is given to the problem during this interval.
A flash of artistic insight.
(iv) Verification or Elaboration:
First, a problem is observed and analysed; then all available information is assembled from memory, and attempts at a solution are made. Many solutions are criticized and rejected. This is the stage of preparation. Then follows the stage of incubation.
No work is consciously done on the problem during this period. Some say that unconscious work is carried on. The preparation and the incubation lead to a flash or illumination, or insight into the whole plan. Then follows the stage of elaboration and verification. The selected materials are fitted into the framework.
There is a social factor in invention. The artist seeks to solve a pressing social problem. The rewards of game and fortune may spur him on. These are social rewards. Thus inventive production is partly group activity. Social factors play an important role in artistic inventions.
But they are subsidiary to the artist’s individual insight. A true creation of art is an expression of the artist’s genius and creative insight. We may give partial expression, to our thinking by inaudible speech movements; or at best we may assume a particular gesture to facilitate thinking.
And at last we may succeed in reaching the solution of the problem. Thinking does not involve free association as in reverie, but controlled association. Suggestive forces are controlled by a definite purpose in purposive thinking is directed by a purpose which controls association of ideas.