I did a Skype interview yesterday morning with a psychologist in Germany. He asked a handful of questions about my work including;
"what is going on with the books?"
Do you ever have that when you are asked a question and you are in the process of giving your answer and you suddenly begin to wonder if the reply you are sharing is even true anymore? Because times change and we change our reasons for doing things may have lost their initial meaning or at least shifted some where else. Perhaps the reasons we give for why we do what we do are just no longer true.
I have often thought that artists don't know why they are doing what they do. They are simply following a hunch like a dog follows a scent in the woods. Because of this artists get very good at making things up on the spot when asked to give reasons. (This whole subject reminds me of why it is important to have people who have developed the ability to write about what artists are doing because the artist often does not really know or may not yet have the language to explain it. We need more people to write about art!)
Besides the notion that artists don't even really know why they do half the things they do in their work, the reasons for doing things shift and we are not always caught up with that change in our conscious mind. We may just be hanging on to something that no longer serves a real purpose. That explanation we give may just be a place holder until we figure out the real reason. Still a good question can often be an invitation to go deeper into understanding what our real motivations are and hence who we are and what we may need to do next.