What practices do you have around analyzing or being critical of your own work?
Great question. For me, analysis and critique are two different things, and I do both all the time. When I’m analyzing I’m asking, am I doing the right thing in the right place, at the right time? For a long time I struggled with the idea that your work defines you; last year, on a late night walk in Paris, I decided to let that all go; for good. For me, it’s important to remember that, in fact, my work does not define me. The way I live my life defines me; my values define me; my friendships define me; my mind defines me, the way I work defines me. In my line of work, what I create often doesn’t reflect who I am, and that’s ok, because it’s not for me; it’s for someone else, and it mustmeet their needs, which often aren’t my definition of self, and they shouldn’t be. I actually believe that if one is creating work that only fits within one paradigm, it’s shortsighted. I work in a service industry and it’s my job to meet the needs of many different people, and many different projects, and I enjoy that challenge. But then, I do get to thinking: what if I made somethingthat did represent me, and then I ask myself, what would that be? It would probably be a pretty heavy, devastating feature film, or a book of photography. I write down steps to get me to both.If I’m being critical, I’m asking is this good? How could it be better? I take time to answer these questions after every thing I make. I learn from it; it makes my work better the next time. And thenI can ask that in a broader sense, and... I’m off down the rabbit
hole, but I do think that developing a practice around both analysis and critique is an incredibly important aspect of the creative process.