“In a response to the digital age, where a proliferation of information collides with a scarcity of attention we are here to highlight the importance and transformative power of being present, and connecting with art and each other through a shared experience.” 

– Trent Morgan and Kim Groeneveld

Materials:

10 half sheets of paper and 1-2 colored pens (or whatever materials your creative heart desires). 

Instructions:

1. This remote rendition of Maggie Cocco’s Science for Sociopaths is inspired by Automatism. Automatism as a term is borrowed from physiology, where it describes bodily movements that are not consciously controlled like breathing or sleepwalking. In art, automatism refers to creating art without conscious thought, accessing material from the unconscious mind as part of the creative process. Listen to each of the 10 songs in the LIKE A MOTH song cycle. A song cycle is a set of related songs, often on a romantic theme, intended to form a single musical entity. As you do, give yourself permission to draw without thinking. Whatever comes is correct. Allow your drawing to come without judgment or attempting to “make sense” of it. 

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.

―  Ray Bradbury

You may choose to use one half sheet of paper per song, or one full sheet of paper for all 10 songs. You may wish to provide your subconscious with different materials to manipulate all together. Do what feels most authentic to you.

There is no must in art because art is free.

―  Wassily Kandinsky

2. (Optional) Take one or more well-lit photo of your completed work. Click the “upload image” link in the upper right hand corner to submit your artwork and reflection to the Digital Gallery.

Note: Submissions are anonymous. By submitting your artwork and reflections you are granting permission for your submissions to be included in future Maggie Cocco Music galleries, exhibits, promotional, and other materials. See a recent exhibit example here.

When I’m painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. It’s only after a ‘get acquainted period’ that I see what I’ve been about.

―  Jackson Pollock

3. Click the “Gallery” link in the upper right hand corner to peruse LIKE A MOTH inspired artwork and reflections.

The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.

―  Neil Gaiman

THANK YOU for participating in Maggie Cocco’s Science for Sociopaths featuring music from LIKE A MOTH. 

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