Monday, October 20, 2008

"All artists are arrogant, they have to be, in order to create!"


In one of my Seminar courses we had a bunch of rather interesting discussions today. One of my fellow students brought up that some artists are so unbearably arrogant. The professor added thereafter that not just some artists are arrogant, but that a certain amount of arrogance is necessary in order to "create" in the first place.
I am not sure what I think about that, but I see the truth/logic in his statement. It's an odd dependency. We can't live without making art. And the art doesn't exist without us.

Also, during the discussion of the E.H. Gombrich text "Order and Purpose in Nature", something very interesting came up. Supposedly women instinctively create pattern and repetition way more often then men when they make art. Apparently it has to do with our monthly cycles. I thought this a very interesting statement because out of all the different art I am making the patterns, textures and repetitions which I am drawing definitely feel the most natural to me.

After my comment earlier today, I would like to add:
I noticed today that despite my love for Stabilos, they are really poorly designed pens, they really hurt my hand after drawing for 2 hours with them. They are just too skinny to hold comfortably.

5 comments:

rach said...

hmmm. i think it all depends on the artists intention. some are more obvious than others. just because we make something personal doesnt necessarily mean we are arrogant

Maria Doering said...

I think he meant that the actual act of making and creating anything requires a certain bit of arrogance. Doesn't matter if it's an artist or a craftsperson..etc... I guess it goes a long with the whole "god"-creation concept.

GreenSpaceGoods said...

Funny, because I also feel more comfortable with repeating pattern. Typically any repeating patterns in our ink blots are mine and even in portraits, I tend to prefer using small patterns or stippling. hmm.

Beautiful as always by the way.

Vroni said...

interessting idea! do females always repeat patterns or structures in their work?
I'm gonna have a look at female literature. Perhaps I'm gonna find sth similar in Texts!
Is this idea in the article u mentioned?

Vroni said...

sorry, scientist cannot talk about the artisitic progress itself, they can only talk about the results of the others! ;)