Bill Viola, Catherine's Room, 2001. Video installation. Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008.

Bill Viola, Catherine’s Room, 2001. Video installation. (Photo © Bill Viola courtesy



It’s the New Year, which means that many of us are taking stock of our personal habits, both good and bad, and resolving to do better.

But how many things on this year’s list of goals also appeared on our list in 2013?

While it’s easy to write down New Year’s resolutions, what’s harder is taking ourselves off “auto-pilot” long enough to re-evaluate our overall direction. We forget to ask a critical question: are we setting our creative goals with clarity and intention, or are we merely coasting and taking the path of least resistance?


Here is an exercise that can help…

Imagine receiving the news that you have only one year to live. You have an illness that will not cause you great pain or suffering, but in a year’s time your life will be over. (Let that disturbing thought sink in for a few moments.)

If you had only one year left, what would you do? Who would you see? Would you stay in your present job or quit tomorrow? And which creative projects would you want to be certain to complete? What artistic legacy would you want to leave behind?


A still from Bill Viola's video installation Catherine's Room (Photo © Bill Viola)

A still from Bill Viola’s video installation Catherine’s Room (Photo © Bill Viola)


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