Modern Primitive Artist
“Modern primitive” is a term coined by Fakir Musafar back in 1967 to “describe a non – tribal person who responds to primal urges and does something with the body.”
I disagree with the assumption that it has to be some thing with the body. Most of the time it’s the mind that has the urges. But the older I get the more I find that two things are true.
1. My mind has as much, if not more creative energy and passion as it has ever had
2. My body has far less energy and tends to let my mind down on a regular basis.
I have been a woodworker/ master carpenter for almost 45 of my 62 years. It is very true that life is more about the journey than the destination, but that is some thing that you need to decide for your-self. Goals (destinations) are an integral part of our lives, people expect to get things done, finish the projects, build the buildings accomplish things, right?
With that in mind there is no stopping to smell the roses. No time to feel the perfectly sharpened knife slide effortlessly through the green cherry wood, slowing revealing the spoon hidden in its heart. Bullshit!
Fearful of being too subtle and having you miss my point completely, I’m going to spell it out for you.
No matter how much you enjoy the process, with most endeavors, the final product is the goal, the mark, the reason to have started in the first place. If it wasn’t, there would be a whole heck of a lot of unfinished projects just lying around waiting to be finished. My point of view on this topic may very well change tomorrow, after all I do have a lot of unfinished projects lying around.
Spoon carving can be considered a metaphor for life itself. Having recently been recognized as a “folk” or “primitive” artist, spoon carving or more accurately, “utensil carving”, has opened up a whole new adventure of mind and body for me.