Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I was reading through the spring issue of "T" magazine (the new New York Times Style Magazine), and came across an interesting article about Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. In the article, she states,
"I don't consider myself an artist. I am pursuing art in order to correct the disability which began in my childhood."
The rest of the article went on to talk about her mental illness (or lack thereof, according to some)...but it was the first part of her quote that stood out to me.
How often have I been in a museum and wondered how a certain piece of art was considered "worthy" of display...or wondered, "What IS art?"
Following the quote from Kusama, the author of the article asked, "Is great art the conscious effort of brilliant minds, or is it an outpouring of freakish individuality?"
YES! I love that question. So often it feels funny to introduce myself as an artist...like I have to do something to earn that title or something. Where is the blend between "really knowing what I'm doing," and simply expressing myself? Why are some people's expressions considered better than others? Sometimes I think it is judged by the amount of "brilliance" or education or technique behind their work, sometimes I think it can be judged by the importance of what they are expressing.
The longer I do design, the more I realize how subjective art is...how interesting to think about every "artist's" pursuit of art...is it simply something that we can relate to or identify with that makes it aesthetically appropriate or "good" to us?
Posted by Beth at 11:42 AM