What is Art? – Part 2

“Flying Machine – At the Circus” – 11×15 acrylic, watercolor on paper

I personally believe that an artist needs to think – to use her mind when she is working and creating.  Using ones mind allowing for concepts/ideas to be formed and created is part of the entire process of creating a work of art.  Using ones mind also integrates the foundations an artist stands on with these concepts and ideas.

So it should not be surprising when I say I disagree with Joseph Conrad’s comment in his preface to,
“The …. of the Narcissus,” that “The artist appeals to that part of our being which is not dependent on wisdom; to that in us which is a gift and not an acquisition…”  Suggesting that art is a gift is something that many creative people say about themselves, or find that others say about their work,  examples include, “oh Christine you are so gifted”  or an answer I frequently find myself saying, and I have blogged about, “I have no idea where it comes from, it is just there. It is a gift.“   In truth, for me anyway, it comes from my foundations and my ambitions and drives, it comes from hard work and as a friend Carole Marotti said to me, “you took the blessing and made it flourish.”  That is individualism, that is uniqueness which I have always said is what art is all about.