My wife shared with me a trait she attributes to my illness– that, particularly in art, when I start a kind of task or trend, I do the same or a similar thing over and over again many times.
I often defended this as “practicing”– or, as Brian Eno suggested in his Oblique Strategies cards, “Repetition Is A Form Of Change”.
That is my view.
To my wife, a repetitive work ethic seems strenuous and extreme, and lacking in variety. She feels that it is my schizophrenia that prompts me to create in this fashion.
Perhaps an example of this would be my musical project, “Grid Resistor”. As Grid Resistor, I created over 26 hours of industrial drone textures in about 5 months. All sounds used in each piece were machine sounds that I had recorded. Each release was over 1 hour in length. The tracks had a naming convention, based on the date and point in the day that they were recorded. There was one release for each letter in the Greek Alphabet, and that letter was the release title.
A record label called the Grid Resistor project, “a window to an introspective and sterile world”.
Another example of this kind of creativity was when I used certain graphic processes to pixelate and otherwise manipulate photographs. I made hundreds of images, therefore, based on squares. This concerned my wife, who suggested that people had no need for so many works that were so similar.
All of this activity seemed perfectly normal to me. I am not sure how my friends on social media felt. The only phenomenon I noticed was that they tended to pay less attention if I did too much of the same thing.
What do you think? Do I exhibit good practice or is my creative process twisted and obsessive?