What is art?
Throughout history, art has been used for documentation, function, religion, persuasion, communication, expression. Art is a vehicle for ideas, ego, criticism, fantasy, lust, revenge, therapy. Art is history, status. According to my husband, contemporary art is what you call it so you don't get arrested. Art is pushing the limits, shocking, indoctrinating, changing, manipulating. I could go on for hours even though we both know I'm just spouting off stupid stuff.
What should art be?
Fun. That simple.
I started off as an art major. Then I took an Orientation to Visual Studies course and was presented with the ridiculous question above. Art is art. It's one of those questions some people go nuts over while others just say "screw it" and go make whatever "it" is. Art stopped being fun, and it became something serious and ugly. I felt like my best friend turned on me. Art, you used to be cool. I switched to a creative writing major instead, because that's a world I can handle.
Am I naive? You bet. I'd rather play around with papers and glue than suck up to art dealers or sell my soul for a gallery show. Art affects me on the deepest level, and I'm not willing to compromise that to play the art market game.
Ok, enough yammering. Fun is in the blog title, so lets have fun! I'm McKella, ex-art student and I love to collage, paint, take pictures (badly), draw, scrapbook, cook, write, and pretty much be creative in any way I can. I'm not the most skilled artist in the world and I don't try to be. Sometimes my stuff comes out absolutely terrible. I love creamy peanut butter, kitties, going for walks, grocery shopping, and this blog is yet another way for me to be creative.
Say hi, don't be shy. I'd love to meet you.
Painting, Collage, and New Cat Art
2 days ago