There is a sense of wonder, amazement, when 2 artists make contributions to a common project and discover that the final product is something quantitatively and qualitatively greater than the sum of parts. There is awe, great joy, deep humility, in a powerful and generous revelation of your artistry that is uniquely available in collaborative work.
What is it about collaborative efforts that afford participating artists so much satisfaction at the end? Yes, for sure, it is this phenomenon of finished work transcendent of the usual creative limitations associated with either artist’s individual efforts. But it is also about the dynamic and force of “self-nullification”. For there is an additional dimension layered on to the creative process. It is a concern for the creative well-being and success of your partner. Your decision-making no longer revolves around you alone, but involves questions about your partner’s technical level, identifying the common ground where creative gardening will bear most fruit, protecting and building your project buddy’s ego and confidence. This beneficial layer of concern about the well being and success of our partner takes us out of our selves, forces us to think in new ways about the project, to stretch in new directions as we seek that common ground.
We are also compelled to better articulate concepts because we must communicate those concepts effectively to ensure the success of our partnership. If you want to fully learn something, teach it! Expressing ideas effectively to your associate promotes your own clear thinking about those ideas ahead of time. We may indulge in a bit less angst and emoting in our effort to share and communicate effectively. That preserved bit of emotional energy finds its way happily into the project.
UK composer CyberSon (Paul Morris) was engaged for the effort. Our composer identified a current track, “minus”, as resonating with the painting. Lolita took the CyberSon track and edited a bit to create a continuity in the music consistent with the continuity of psychological deterioration in the painting. Everyone involved hopes you will enjoy the startling fruit of this joint effort