using things the mind already knows...
In the forever now of the internet everything under the sun is continually new. Already known things are simply retro content for how-to-live, infographic guidelines. Exposure to new things is the new way of living.
But surely, like style without substance, it is not enough for an artist to just know new things. Already known things provide an integral context for new points of reference; a focus on other levels of aesthetic consideration.
What the mind already knows generates the inspiration to make new things. When accessing things already known, the challenge is to identify their inherent substance and style; then to apply those elements in new ways.