Many artists share a common trait: perfectionism. A work of art (or a piece of literature) can undergo several transformation processes, it may be subject to constant modifications, adjustments, deleting, repainting and so on, or editing, in the case of a writing piece, and the edits can be minor or major, they can affect only certain secondary areas of meaning or the composition, main structure and coherence of the entire piece.
While the creation process is fluid and mostly governed by intuition and can result in a large quantity of artistic product, esthetic decision making is part intuitive and part cerebral. And there are not rare the cases when an artist throws away straight to the garbage, without any regrets whatsoever, an entire piece, because of a part that does meet the esthetic criteria of the whole ensemble.
In art, especially in contemporary art, which values originality, these esthetic criteria are, of course, highly subjective. Each artist has his own set of esthetic values and a personal definition of what is beautiful and harmonious. This is true not only for active artists, but for human beings in general. But it must be possible to find some common grounds and reach a joint esthetic agreement about what is beautiful.
This is what the Truth Project is trying to do: to send collective art to space, after several rounds of (esthetic) definition and negotiation in what concerns perspectives and the associated meaning.
This collective esthetic agreement process should follow the rules of pleasant and respectful conversation in order to be enjoyable (see post on The Personal Level and The Idea Level) and these requirements are mandatory in order to join our community, as we don’t want esthetic quarrels, as it is well known from art history that they may get overheated. Just like every person has their personal set of non-negotiables in relationships, at community level a similar set should exist and the requirement mentioned above is a non-negotiable of The Truth Project Community.
Going back to the creative process and esthetic decision making, there are artworks or literary texts, which the artist may consider good as they are, straight from the raw place of emotion, with its authentic and oh-so-human content.
Esthetic decision making implies esthetic judgement on a case by case scenario, but nevertheless by using the personal stencil: the esthetic set of values.