Finding your inner machine
Artist Marie Buskov on The Creative Process
My name is Marie Buskov, I’m an artist living in Oslo. I work with steel sculptures and aquarelle collages, where I explore the relation between two-dimensional photographs and three-dimensional forms in architecture. I use the camera as a tool for researching spatial environments and architecture, using my findings to create new forms for sculptures or collages.
When I studied at the academy in Copenhagen, my a professor said to me that ‘making art is about finding your inner machine’. It took some time before I really understood what it meant, but there's something about finding a few components you can implement to start a process. It’s difficult to find tools that are flexible and extensible—that they don’t close the process too early—but can be used over and over again, and still give you a feeling of discovering new ideas. For me, these constituents is photographs of architecture, a cutting knife and spatiality. I have done this for quite some time, and it still feels inexhaustible.
My favorite part of the creative process is when I get to make the very first model and I’m able to work intuitive. It’s kind of like there is a short line between nothing and actually creating something. I love how the idea comes during the processes, when developing and shaping the materials.
That’s how I usually work—on intuition. At least when I developed the actual art piece. For me, there is two directions when it comes to the creative process: either you have an idea, and you try to find the best material and solutions to create that idea—or you choose the material first and need to adjust the form due to the limits and possibilities of the material. The most important thing is to stay open minded all the way, to be able to see possibilities that comes along. Often it is actually when the work is finished that I clearly see what I could have done different, and this gives an important drive to continue further.
Being creative and inspired doesn’t always equal productive. In fact I think introverted processes and doubt can contain important question. Being able to concentrate on anything that doesn't provide immediate results can be a good thing—to be able to trust your doubt is an opportunity that exists in art.