A pregnant pause..........is a metaphorical pregnancy that builds tension, in communication used to build suspense. In expanding the notion beyond communication it becomes a moment full of possibilities, full of as yet unrealized creative power.
All creative processes are preceded by such a period - when ideas are churning, perhaps somewhat chaotically, awaiting order by the creator. The pregnant pause may be understood as the quiet before the creative storm, or the perhaps somewhat random accumulation of information and materials from which a new creation will be born. This period feels full of energy, full of impatience about the tension between the lack of order of all the accumulated ideas or materials, and the desire to build artistic order from it. The intriguing thing about the pregnant pause is that the outcome is as yet unknown, yet is full of potential and possibilities.
It's not about the destination but the journey, as you know. The pregnant pause is the time before the journey actually begins. It's the point when you revve up the engine but have to hold back until it's time to start. Winter is a pregnant pause before spring's burst of growth and unfolding. Standing in in my kitchen in the evening, contemplating my dinner supplies and knowing I need to make a meal from what's in the fridge, is a pregnant pause. I can create any number of meals from the many available ingredients, it's up to me to decide which ingredients to use, and what to make with them.
Culturally we are somewhat in the midst of a pregnant pause, a tumultuous time full of change, chaos, possibilities, chance for reconfiguration and redefiniiton, an incredibly creative time full of potential and possibilities. What is your dream for the future?