I love reading about art of all kinds. I just finished Sarah Thornton’s book Seven Days in the Art World – while a lot of what she writes is really about the business side of the art world (especially, I think, the studio practices of Takashi Murakami the extremely popular fantasy comic/ manga inspired Japanese artist of the superflat) much of the book is quite fascinating. Art critics and art historians and art editors and art consultants and art handlers, and art collectors and art auctioneers etc etc - the artists themselves seem to hover uncomfortably on the fringes shabbily dressed and gnawing at their nails!
|definitely shabby, but not exactly gnawing!|
So very different from the quilt world where large groups of fiber artists gather to enjoy and admire each others’ work. The art world as a whole is a fascinating glimpse and insight into all kinds of people, different mediums and cultures and practices– but all engrossed in creativity and in the wonderful (and often strange!) things that creativity brings about.
Being involved in art world makes daily experience so much richer – I think it’s so sad that children (including, alas, my own grandchildren – hold that charger!) these days are diverted to electronic games so early and away from paints and clay and collage and cloth. Once they’re hooked onto the instant response of the electronic joystick, they become bored by something slower like stitching or drawing or paint on paper. Their brains seem to demand faster rewards, if it doesn’t work in a second or two then frustration mounts. Then, as adults, they become the people who give up extremely quickly. They have such a mistaken idea that talent is instantaneous, if you can just press the right button you’ll be able to do whatever it is – sing like an opera diva, dance like a B boy, paint like Cezanne, play an instrument. The Beatles were an instant phenomenon? No way! They worked harder and practiced more than any other group of their time – to an amazing degree.
|Looking for talent!|
Or even, in making a good cup of tea….so I’m on my way! If you have been, thanks for reading!! Elizabeth