We get told so often that beauty is on the inside, and then the world does it’s best to remind us that it’s on the outside.
It’s enough to tear you apart.
This piece was created as a response on Pop My Mind
The prompt on PMM for this piece was ‘Beautiful’. What beauty means, what purpose it has, what it looks like. This piece grew out of thoughts about external and internal appearance, and the emotional impact of beauty on the sense of self. At times it feels impossible to live in a world that tells us beauty is on the inside, while at the same time forcing specific ideas of beauty on us.
I ended up playing with a lot of differnt symbolism in this, which is maybe a little heavy handed, but what can I say – I love me some good good symbolism. I’ll leave you the viewers to decide what means what, because there’s no fun in abstraction if I tell you what it all means.
As an artist, you walk a tightrope between feeling worthless and priceless. A towering ego, constantly fed and created by an ouroboros of delight and despair – all in the view of the public, who can build you up or tear you down on a whim. This piece is an attempt to describe that in imagery.
This is my last post of the year! Hope everyone’s had a wonderful winter holiday season, and that you all have an amazing new year – you better believe I’m already planning the next 12 months of my artistic life, and excited to get started with it.
As an artist, the things you see are filtered in ways that other people might find strange, and you often have a brain full of ideas in various stages of incubation. Originally created as a response on Pop My Mind.
A response on Pop My Mind to the Let’s Talk theme around mental health and it’s connections to art.
Most of the stresses and anxieties I have can be linked back to my hands. Being prone to RSI causes a lot of pain that feeds into fears of not being able to make work, or of never being able to make enough. And it’s easy to feel betrayed by your own hands – why won’t they make better work? why can’t they work faster? why aren’t they good enough?
So you push yourself all the time, and if you don’t take a step back to breathe now and again, getting anything else creative out of yourself is like getting blood from a stone.
A pair of responses done for Pop My Mind, from one of the seeds set by British Art Show 8. These were responding to the piece Auditory Learning by Simpson & White, and the first piece was featured on the British Art Show blog as part of an article about the Pop My Mind responses. You can read it here.