Everything is related and connected
More and more I see this simple truth manifested in my life and in my art. We can no longer separate our politics from our spirituality. What we do in private effects what happens across the world. Not literally, of course. In fact, it is this literal way of seeing that interferes with our understanding of this concept.
As artists, however, we hopefully know it is our job to connect ideas in ways others might not have considered and express them in a way they might appreciate. I see artists as the mirror of society. This idea has conceptual and perceptual applications.
The linear relationships we incorporate into our drawings and paintings, for instance, create an access from our vision to the viewer. I see drawing as a celebration of how things are connected. The subliminal lines we incorporate into and through our work form a web of connections which lead the viewer on a journey and engages them in the universe of our ideas. These lines may not be obvious, or literal. But the great artist knows how to use these subtle connections to keep our attention and draw us in.
Conceptually, we are juxtaposing unlike ideas to create a new ones. A simple still life with three objects is an excellent example. If I paint a vase, flowers and clipping sheers in a painting I probably will end up with a very nice painting. But if I juxtapose unlikely objects, say a can of 3 in 1, a roll of toilet paper and white mask, I may make you think about them differently.
There is no rule about making connections, but finding and expressing connections is a healthy endeavor, not just for artists, but for all artistic disciplines. Think about what goes into the box (the rectangle of your picture plane, your character, the story structure) you are asking people to think outside.