"All of us must work our way through the empty page, the blank screen, writer’s block, confusion, chaos, and doubt. Although each instance of creativity is singular and specific, the creative process is universal. Artists, architects, poets, inventors, scientists, and others all navigate the same stages of the process in order to discover something that does not yet exist."
Kyna Leski draws from her observations and experiences as a teacher, student, maker, writer, and architect to describe the workings of the creative process. Like a storm, the creative process slowly begins to gather and take form until it overtakes us—if we are willing to let it. It is dynamic, continually in motion; it starts, stops, rages and abates, ebbs and flows. Creativity is a path with no beginning or end; it is ongoing.
Kyna Leski has invested her life in navigating the creative process. She has spoken about the creative process throughout the US and abroad and written a book on the topic titled The Storm of Creativity. Kyna Leski is a principal of 3SIXØ Architecture in Providence and a Professor of Architecture at RISD Rhode Island School of Design.
When we first reached out to Kyna, she asked if her work was too conceptual for this show. I responded absolutely not. The reason is that her concepts resonate with me in a way that is both personal and professional. While much of my own work has been in the realm of planning and applied science, it involves an immense amount of creativity. I would describe myself as compulsively creative, to the point that it sometimes becomes difficult to navigate within the context of institutions or even a career. In any case, as I read Kyna’s work, I repeatedly identifoed with the processes that she describes. We often make the mistake of thinking that creative people are artists or musicians, but creative people are by necessity everywhere. Creatives must be present in government, business, even engineering. The creative process within these sectors can go under-recognized and underappreciated. This conversation with Kyna Leski is therefore as important and applicable to planners and engineers as it is to artists and architects...