Artists who are committed to their craft are always ready to learn more about the process of creating new works. Most have a general understanding of what they have been creating for many years, but those who are truly gifted are receptive to exploring something new. They find a new color combination, add unusual materials or embrace interpretations of the world as they have never seen it before.
Sculptors like Jean-Jacques Porret have learned to blur the lines between what is figurative and what is abstract. They give viewers small glimpses of the familiar, making them feel the emotions they have attached to the things they know. When these pieces of art are taken in as a full concept, however, they are rarely anything familiar. They only resemble things that are recognizable in order to establish some level of intimacy with the viewer.
It is rarely clear how an artist is able to reach a balance between his interpretation of a concept and the way he renders it as a piece of art. He must almost assume the shape and nature of a thing in order to truly understand it. Then he must distill the best parts of it to display for the rest of the world to see it.
Perhaps the hardest part of this paring down is having the courage to eliminate what does not belong and include the things that might make others uncomfortable. There is a magic that usually happens somewhere in this process. After the magic, there is art.