OK, here’s a warning! This is a very long post (for being me) and there are no pics. Just a few deep thoughts about art and stuff. If you’re not up for it, come back in a day or two and you might cache me in a different mood.
I’ve been following and participating in some discussions about art and creativity lately. A lot of people seem to feel a need to talk about these things, and I’m more then willing to admit I’m one of them.
One of the issues that are brought up is the question about who’s an artist and who isn’t? To me the answer is very simple, an artist is someone who makes art! Whether you have a degree in fine art or not doesn’t matter. It’s the quality of your work that is important! By that I mean the artistic quality, not the level of skill.
I think the question should be, what is art and what isn’t? I often think of art in terms of communication rather then as a quality in an object. Great art is something that touches me, that changes my mood and makes me feel differently, that changes my way of thinking and makes me see things from another point of view. Art doesn’t have to be pretty or beautiful. Great art can be totally disgusting and still be brilliant.
Everyone is born with the potential of being creative. To be creative isn’t the same thing as producing a lot of stuff. To me being creative is a choice you make about how to live your life. Creativity doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with art, but to make art you have to be creative.
Another related issue is the question of fiber art being separated from the rest of the art world, and not always feeling welcome. I do think this is true, and to a large degree I think it’s due to textiles traditionally being a female medium. But to be honest I have to say that I’ve also met quite a few textile artists that’s been totally clueless about what’s going on in the art world in general. Let’s try something! Grab a piece of paper and a pen. Now write down the names of ten internationally known contemporary artists, that doesn’t work in fiber.
Well… did you pass? To those of you who did, congratulations! For everyone else I have a question. Why do we seek approval from the art community if we don’t really care about what they do?
Here are some more thought on the subject of art and creativity
Bruce Mau - An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth
Ragged Cloth Café
If you agree or disagree with me, please leave a comment!