Informed Simplicity

In 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School, Matthew Frederick outlines the “three levels of knowing” which I found useful in clarifying many of my frustrating experiences with learning a new skill. “Simplicity,” the first level of knowing, is defined by an enjoyable naivety. The exciting leaps and bounds which characterize the beginning stages of the creative endeavor soon lead to the doldrums of the second stage, “Complexity.” It is here that in the past my ambitions have gone to die. Expectations exceed one’s ability to “discern clarifying patterns and connections,” and so, frustrations arise, and in the past I’ve let these frustrations get the best of me. Through this reading I have recognized that I need to commit to raising my art practice to the third level of understanding, “Informed Simplicity.” I desire the freedom and fun that comes with the ability to “discern or create clarifying patterns within complex structures,” particularly within the landscape, and in the creation of art.