The Metaphors of Moving On(#1)

Posted: March 10, 2008 in Musings

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)– a disorder caused by being in a fixed position for a long time. One way of telling us how important “moving on is….”

I love this metaphor. I guess the reason why most artists are considered masochists is that it’s usually difficult for them to move on. A writer labors endlessly on a word or an experience. A dancer can stay in one movement phrase for a long time. Bhutto or Noh artists are obsessed with micromovements and fixed positions, a stare, sitting, waiting, a flick of a finger that seems to go on for eternity…

If you demand from me this, this moving on, this…. I will die. At the same time, the pain of DVT will be the death of an artist too. Oh well, such musings make for a fixated individual. Perhaps, that’s the reason why highly logical individuals call me fixated–I dwell so much on one thing–a thought, an idea, an experience, a moment, a memory, and allow my mind to grasp it in a ball and turn it round and round and round…. 

  1. ella says:

    *nodsnods* i like this blog post very much, yesyesyes.

  2. Nick says:

    the metaphor is good but the comment about artists not moving on is not so true of real productive artists

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