Tasting Paint: Expanding Creativity
Are there secrets to being creative that non-artists can learn during the course of an exhibit?
Tasting Paint is an exploration, based on the premise that everyone is creative, and viewers
have a role to play with artists in the creative process. Tasting Paint: Expanding Creativity,
adds activities to exhibitions of Sloat Shaw’s work that invite viewers to explore the
sensations of their own active creative brain. This ongoing project of painter Sloat Shaw, in
collaboration sound artist, Mark Rosen, and with neurobiologists, Dr. Crispin Weinberg and
Dr. David Vago, premiered in Boston on January 15 and ran through March 12, 2017 at the
In order to paint her mythic landscapes, Shaw discovered a way to activate the senses and
shift into a heightened state of creativity. She began sharing these techniques with her
students, to teach them to see around a curve, and learn to draw. Stimulating all of the
senses - sound, touch, taste, smell and sight - changes perception even more profoundly and is
at the heart of Tasting Paint. It gives viewers a role to play with artists in creativity
and helps each viewer move from the rational to the non- rational complexes in the brain.
Shaw is exploring the use of bio-feedback monitors at exhibitions to document scientifically
that a brain shift has occurred in the viewer, and to recognize the non-verbal, undefined
boundaries of the creative state.