Realizing human potential. That’s my life’s work. Those three words sum up everything I live for and aspire to accomplish through my art.
For me, A.R.T. is All Representations of Thought: from the poetic gestures of dancers to the abstract symbolic models of chemists; from back-of-the-envelop idea doodles to rigorous proofs by pure mathematicians; from the Aha! we spontaneously utter at a moment of breakthrough thinking to the technological marvels we create in collaboratively harnessing our creative genius; from our silent inner reflections on life to our tangible responses to all the things nature shares with us every second of everyday that challenge our senses and rev our imagination.
Since childhood, my art has been one curious adventure in exploring the nature of the human mind to glean how we create, learn, invent, collaborate and communicate.
At the core of all my work is Metaphorming. Nearly three decades ago, I coined the words Metaphorm and Metaphorming to describe these ageless communication tools that everyone can use to realize their creative potential. They’re “engines” of creativity, invention, learning, and discovery that power our communications.
Metaphorming is derived from the Greek words meta which means “between,” “after,” “beyond,” “transcending,” and phora, or “transference.” Metaphorming enables us all to move beyond the constraints of verbal thought, transferring from one object to another a new meaning or set of associations.
Metaphorming is the act of connecting Metaphorms to stimulate breakthroughs and discoveries, and to generate inventions and innovations. It increases the meaning and usefulness of all information, ideas, knowledge, experience, and wisdom.
Metaphorming is the essence of what our minds do when we are “thinking differently”; when we’re searching for personal meaning and purpose; when we’re seeing beauty and seeking truth; when we’re enjoying the complexity of nature, and exploring the nature of complexity.
To understand the world of Metaphorms and Metaphorming is to see beyond the categorization and compartmentalization of our acts of creating and our creations. It is to continually transform the meanings and uses of things and ideas by connecting and applying them in new contexts and situations. Recall the mantra of the 20th century polymath and Renaissance thinker, R. Buckminster Fuller, and novelist E.M. Forster: “Only connect.” Leonardo da Vinci may have simply said: Metaphorm it!
Know the thought through which all things are steered through all things.
Heraclitus, Greek philosopher and mystic, 500 B.C.
Don’t just know “the thought.” Metaphorm it!