Meredith and I were talking about what inspires us, and it went something like this: Me: this is going to sound selfish/vain, but I get my inspiration from going inside, not looking outside. Meredith: I don't find that selfish, just a way of going about doing art. There is a whole school out there that carefully plans a piece. Me: I can't do it that way. I have no idea how to make a plan; I have a "wanting to make"; it's as if a vast universe opens up when I look inside. Almost together, but mostly Meredith: We look into the abyss and and say "come out, come out from wherever you are". Me: that we work so similarly most be part of the reason we work so well together.
And we both feel that the art comes through us, that we are most effective when we stay out of the way and let it have it's way. That's not to say we don't pay attention, we look and notice; it's more like a "sense" of wonder and "this resonates".