Baudelaire wrote that imagination is a faculty which, without recourse to any philosophical method, immediately perceives the secret and intimate connections between things, correspondences and analogies.
Isn’t it surprising?
My Harrap’s dictionary says :
- the forming or ability to form mental images of things, people, events, etc that one has not seen or of which one has no direct knowledge
- the creative ability of the mind
- the ability to cope resourcefully with unexpected events or problems
Baudelaire is telling us not about the nature of imagination, but how it works.
There should be another dictionary next to the normal ones : dictionary of how it works, dictionary of tools for the mind.
I think we confusément know, all of us, than from the littlest things to the biggest pictures and projects, ideas come from connecting things people never thought to connect before.
Oh, this is assemblage, right?
Thanks for reading!
Guess how I made the bull’s head? One day, in a pile of objects all jumbled up together, I found an old bicycle seat right next to a rusty set of handlebars. In a flash, they joined together in my head. The idea of the Bull’s Head came to me before I had a chance to think. All I did was weld them together… [but] if you were only to see the bull’s head and not the bicycle seat and handlebars that form it, the sculpture would lose some of its impact.