|Henri Matisse making paper cut-outs.|
|Matisse in front of gouache-painted papers, Hôtel Régina, Nice.|
Even the most able-bodied among us has a need to adapt from time to time. When one door closes, turn around and go the other way. If a possibility has been exhausted, invent or discover a new option. It is a form of mental duct tape, putting pieces together that have been rent asunder. Making things work.
As you may already know or have just read in the photo caption link above, Henri Matisse, no longer able to paint or draw as he once had, turned to a giant pair of shears, gouache-painted papers and cut-out shapes to make art for an album called "Jazz."
From Jerry Saltz's exhibition review: "With The Cut-Outs, Matisse crosses a mystical bridge...With The Cut-Outs, all we see is the work; only process is present; process and something as close to pure beauty in all of Western art." (see article here)
It is not scientific but in my experience there is always a way. Some way. The molecules of the situation may have to be rearranged to create an original life form and so what? We build new neural pathways with just this sort of problem-solving.
Grab those enormous scissors and change the shape of what it ought to be to what it CAN be. The genius of Henri Matisse will light the way.