Why Questions May be More Important Than Answers

Encaustic mixed media. ©2015 Lee Anne White.

Encaustic mixed media. ©2015 Lee Anne White.

Over the years, I've come to realize that questions are generally more powerful than answers. They encourage us to explore, to dig deeper, to think and reflect. Sometimes in that digging process, what we find are more questions than answers. Yet those questions help drive us forward, to understand ourselves better, to identify ways in which we can continue to learn and grow. Questions tap our sense of curiosity about the world around us, the people we meet and ourselves. They help us see things in new ways.

As I continue my explorations into the worlds of encaustic and mixed media, I find I am asking many questions. Does this new work include my photographs or does it stand entirely on its own? Does it explore the same subjects in new ways, or new subjects altogether? In what ways does my sense of visual style carry over into the other media? In what ways might it be necessarily different? Is this an extension of my photographic work, simply a diversion, or a new direction entirely as a grow as an artist?

These are some of questions I carry around with me daily. I explore them in my journal, mull them over while doing the laundry or driving to yoga class, and even dream about them when I sleep. They follow me to the studio, where I ask these and many other questions that relate to individual pieces I'm working on. And there, I often ask a lot of "What if..." and "How might I..." questions as well.

What are the questions that help propel you forward in your work and your creative process?