“A lot of my work is like picking potatoes; you have to get into the rhythm of it. It is different than patience. It is not thinking.It is working with the rhythm.” —Andy Goldsworthy
Aya and Seth are building a lake with clay. They build a solid base, then shallow walls, and then slowly add water. They carefully arrange trees in the centre. But the water finds small cracks and seeps out, sending a stream down the edge of the table onto the floor. Aya and Seth place a bowl to catch the stream, and furiously patch the cracks. The flow of conversation is much like to flow of water, continuous and purposeful, but rhythmic as well. The movement of their hands and bodies follows the same rhythm, moving between repairing cracks, checking the water flow, adding more clay.
Aya and Seth worked on their lake for an hour and here is what did not happen:
• no one told them to clean up the water on the floor
• no one commented on ‘the mess’
• no one chided them for using too much clay
• no one objected to their requests for more water
• no one told them they needed to let someone else have a turn
They were given the opportunity to work with the rhythm.