In artistic terms, idioms like ‘Stirring the pot’ or ‘rattling the cage’ refer to the act of challenging conventional culture. They epitomise a rebellious attitude common throughout art history that agitates for change by creating a bit of drama or conflict.
Creativity is a process of changing one thing into another.
Often this involves a conflict in which old habits are confronted by new and innovative ideas. Such conflict is itself a creative process intended to produce a climate of debate and self-reflection. Hopefully, out of this turmoil, emerges something different or interesting that would not have occurred but for someone having the courage to speak out.
Conflict need not involve offending others, but rather provoking them in a playful manner so as to think beyond their usual ways. ‘Thinking outside of the box’ is another idiom that describes this process.
For me, art involves many things including a willingness to take risks, or experiment. Without a preparedness to test and explore our surroundings, we cannot know our own limits – some of which may exist only in our head.
Challenging and provoking through the words I write is part of this.