Monday, November 12, 2007

Artist Statement from the past

It is quite amusing, sometimes we just need to be reminded of what we believe in and what makes sense to us or we get lost.
I'm working on building a new website with the help of Fiona Clark, who actually designed a fantastic new identity kit for me! And Hendrik Bergunde, who is going to help me with the technical aspects of it.
But while I browsed through my VERY old website I stumbled across my VERY old artist statement and realized an important part of it is still valid, maybe even more than it was at the time.

"My focus in art is on human beings, society and conflicts between those. My inspiration feeds of my family, my friends and the people that cross my path daily. I feel closest to the world around me when I’m addressing and expressing the people around me with and through my paintings. Painting the human body makes me appreciate the variety and beauty that is right in front of our eyes, but most people look past it because they stride for ideals society puts into their heads. I paint people because it is my way of exploring what we are really about, and why everyone has their place in life and why people act and react the way they do."

Substitute "painting" for "prints" and I got myself a recycled artist statement from the past.
I feel like I was smarter in highschool than I am now that I'm doing my MFA. These days I just feel very confused about what I do but then I read this and it still makes perfect sense to me.


wee-fi said...

As I said to you before "Ignorance is bliss." I feel like the more I learn, the more I feel like I know nothing. Ah...sigh....the simple days...

Maria Doering said...

i know. its strange. i wish i could go back to those days.. purely mentally. lol

Jodilynn said...

Can I tell you, for the record, that I read your blog all the time and it seems your vibrant energy is in the room right next to me??? I am so glad you are so on fire, even in the midst of figuring out how the fire is lit and (re)defined every day.
-- all all all the best,


Maria Doering said...

:) thanks jodi!!!