My current thinking seems to be asking the age old question what is art Well - dont know why I say my current thinking - I have been asking that question ever since post modernism and all its relativity. Not only has art become part of the postmodern movement it has also become less precious because it seems everyone accepts the comments anyone can make art and its all about your own personal interpretation or how one sees things. I believe art, aesthetics, are all about personal interpretation. That does not make art relative and subjective. How can I say that
Everyone is unique, all “art” is unique. If an object is not unique, original, one of a kind, then it isn’t art. The idea, the concept, their uniqueness is art.
Just like one person is unique to themselves, to their own individuality, “art” is unique to itself and it’s own individuality. It does not depend on collective thinking. NOT everyone’s ideas, concepts are art. Not every individual is an artist. They may create something that looks like art, it has a frame, it is in a gallery, the person who made it called themselves artists and their work art. But it isn’t – if it is not unique.
What makes art art Value. We should value it as art. If everything thing is called art there is no value in art. As a lifetime romantic, I believe art must have the ability to stress goodness, imagination, creativity, discovery, ability and virtue. These notions are all subjective. Subjectivity is unique, individual and not based on collective thinking. Modern art stops right here. Modern art is non objective art, it works toward an unattainable utopia, white bless, it is based on a blissful romantic anticipation, of something, a notion, a concept that never becomes real. What gives art reality I believe is based on an objective reality, perhaps a romantic objective reality but still an objective reality. The origin of the concept, the idea begins with the maker and their subjective individual uniqueness. Art gains value through the makers’ subjectivity the objective reality is that others can relate to as they search for their own pursuit of happiness and their own liberty as their live their own lives. Life has struggle, creating value comes with a struggle, without the struggle art is nonobjective and mindless.
My current works speak to the subjective fluidity in concept and idea forming. From this fluidity, a concept or idea is not yet objective. I search for this objectivity, I struggle to find this objectivity as I create. Why, because I believe that the combination of fluid subjectivity and real objectivity give meaning and value to art. I struggle to make this fluidity become real and relate to reality, to life, to my struggles and to my happiness and the happiness of others. I believe that by making the work objective I make that reality work for me and what I believe in and hope that I inspire others at the same time to do likewise, as they too struggle to give meaning to their lives have the meaning they have created work for them. Objective reality can be, personal, individual, and have unique meaning, not collective meaning, one size does not fit all. If everyone worked towards their own happiness, their own reality and allowed others to do the same I believe we would live in a very rich time indeed. Instead we seem to be sucking the creativity out of one to give it to another, then there will be no creativity, no art, no imagination they will have not value, no meaning. It is up the other to create things for themselves, things that will make them uniquely happy.
My current work is about finding the precious jewels that are life’s realities, including the struggles in life. My current work is about how I go about finding these jewels, treasuring them and sharing them. My current work is about hope I can inspire others to work with their own individualities and uniqueness and at the same time create their own objective reality they can live with. Not everyone wants to do this, nor can they do this, those who do, use their unique individual-ness, those who find the precious jewels in life, including the struggles, in order to give meaning to their lives and those around them know who they are, and know that they are indeed an artist and are creating art.