If you're a movie buff like me, iconic movie quotes are always lurking in your head. Such is the case when I read Metagrey's interview questions. "The force is strong with this one" immediately came to mind. It's clear. He's an artist or maker of some sort. But I tried to place him within a bracket, a muse, something that can put my mind at ease. It didn't work; but something that Metagrey said stuck with me, "rejection is like those blocks that, if unjustified, I flow around, or over, or in another direction. If justifiable, I drip until a crack reveals itself, then trickle through."
He's an artist that finds sparks of creativity in being resourceful in applying everything you have learned and experienced to the answering of questions and solving problems, while learning and experiencing even newer things. Sounds more like a science project than a process. And in a weird way, it does shine through. "Creativity, to me, is a fluid process. To contain a fluid you'd need to block it on four sides and beneath by anything that fluid cannot dissolve. This is to say that I haven't ever experienced creative block. I don't know what it is. The whole idea confuses me. If there is an obstacle you work it out; flow around it, over it, or flow back in the other direction. Or like single drops of water, you chip away until you break through. Patience is key."
And yet, his process is clear, "I never see it as a leap, more as steps. The idea develops, and I start working on it, and it develops while I am working on it. Most times I build it, do it, manifest it, mentally. I turn it around, upside down, inside out. The mental part is 90% of the work, to me. I talk to people about it, even strangers. Over the years, I have gotten good nudges from individuals that wouldn't consider themselves particularly creative."
See what I mean about the "force being strong with this one"; it's almost a rebellious persona that makes sense of the madness that exists. At the same time, it's very direct and poignant, "it's more about having a voice, I'd say. Yes, I make things because I like to make things that I like. But it is helpful to get the points of view of others, to read others interpretations of the messages in my work. I don't know about acceptance, though. I have a Facebook Page with seven likes, two of which may be fake profiles. It did feel good when I saw one like from a Nigerian young woman. Wait a minute…okay three of the likes on my Facebook page may be from fake profiles."
Metagrey did regret a few things though. He says he spent too much time in animation in that it is too dependent on external elements to which he has no control over, and in the same breath, will admit he speaks to himself, "the most enjoyable part of my process is self-doubt. I tell myself that I'll never make things work, then the challenge is to prove him wrong."
The Force is indeed strong with this one. Take a gander as to what his Crayon colour would be?
Check out his work at www.metagrey.com