Research writing is street art on a brick wall. You take out your cans of spray-paint (ideas) and start a piece. It might be a block of color, a word, a symbol, your “tag” or a character of your own design…but is the wall blank? Perhaps someone has already started painting here, and you decide to put your own ideas next to theirs. Maybe you don’t like what they’ve done so far or what they have to say through their work and decide to start your painting on top of theirs – or maybe you paint over theirs simply because there isn’t any space left, or because you felt like it – which is okay, because there aren’t really any concrete rules when it comes to street art. The choice is up to you… The type of paint you use is important too, but when it comes down to it, good art can be made from poor materials, and bad art with the best of the best. What really matters is your concept and how you execute it. Sometimes street artists (and other artists too) bring their skills and ideas together to collaborate on a piece, and sometimes they work solo. Your research plan is your alibi if you were to have a brush with the law. The true beauty of street art may lie in its impermanence. As one of the Low Bros (street artists and fine artists) said, “You don’t know how long the painting lasts. You take your photo and hope it will stay for a while… This free artwork can’t be owned to hang it in your living room. You have to share it.” (Quoted in an interview from Hi-Fructose magazine vol. 26, Jan. 2013). It is the same in writing and art; if not shared, how can you expect to grow as a creative person?
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