Chaos, limits and Creativity

Last night I attended a lecture by Lenny Campello about the artist Frida Kahlo.
This was in conjunction with an exhibition that I have a piece in, Finding Beauty in a Broken World: In the Spirit of Frida Kahlo

Two ideas resonated with me.
First was the “boxing in” of identity. Be it race, gender, art, or learning styles. This tendency in teaching limits solutions, ideas, and observation. In art, it limits the artist from being adventurous, for fear of losing their prescribed style, i.e. abstract painter.
How can we resist this urge that is so culturally ingrained?

The second idea stemmed from a piece in the show which used butterfly imagery. Lenny briefly talked about the Butterfly Chaos Theory.
Simply, that all forms of chaos are actually a type of order.
“The phrase refers to the idea that a butterfly’s wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado or delay, accelerate or even prevent the occurrence of a tornado in a certain location. The flapping wing represents a small change in the initial condition of the system, which causes a chain of events leading to large-scale alterations of events. Had the butterfly not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the system might have been vastly different. While the butterfly does not cause the tornado, the flap of its wings is an essential part of the initial conditions resulting in a tornado.” (from a Wikipedia explanation)
I love this idea as metaphor.
I have thought a lot about the question When does chaos turn to creativity (when allowing small groups of children to work on a project collaboratively in the studio and in my own work)? How do I nurture production? Do I limit or help the process when I facilitate?
The Butterfly Theory is a fabulous metaphor for me. I can let it be, the process will happen. The tornado might happen, but the creativity will happen too.

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