Next to the episodes on the Back to the Drawing Board podcast, there exists The Bookshelf.
The Bookshelf is my gift to you. On Instagram, every first of the month, I share with you a book that reminds you how to look, gets you in touch with your creativity. These are not just books for artists, nor people who love art. They are books for people that want to learn to look, whether it's at veggies in the grocery store, or other people's body language. They are books that give you the permission to enjoy the mystery, embrace the curiosity and dive in deep. It is in this mystery that the best ideas come about. With that being said, book five on The Bookshelf is..
Plan and Play, Play and Plan: Defining Your Art Practice, by Janwillem Schrofer
If you function in a funky in-between space, a space where boundaries are hard to determine, then this book is for you.
Even though it is tailored to helping artists define their artistic practice (as you might know, contemporary artists produce many different objects, and scenarios, and also have ten thousand different positions), I believe it's scientific approach to defining is something that many others could benefit from. With a good dose of self-reflection, Schrofer guides the reader to answer questions that he has compounded through his practical experience as Director of the Rijksakademie, a world-renowned residency program in the Netherlands.
Although this book is not a word-for-word tips for your application at the RIjksakademie (or any other art school as a matter of fact), the tips in here are insanely valuable! Janwillem's experience has shed light on the most common problems artists face, and I see this book as his advice for all artists to come!
Has Plan and Play, Play and Plan inspired you to get creative? Then take a look at book two on The Bookshelf: Drawing Your Life by Michael Nobbs.