Skip to main content

What is Art ? ~ I am Art?

I had a hard time of it as an 'art student'!
The course was what they termed 'self-led'.
I was thrown in at the deep end, technique instruction was a no no,
finding one's own way through research and experimentation was the path to self expression..

This was at the time when Tracey Emin was making her conceptual Bed Art!
For me there wasn't much in the way of positive encouragement, my work being worthy!
The relationship with my tutor Mr Salt was a 'love ~ hate' one, I loved the passion intrigue and excitement
he evoked for the 'modern way', but I hated the lack of feedback about my work, the only comment I remember was "this looks awkward".  A number of the students dropped out of the course expecting a more 'traditional' approach, copying the 'masters' etc!

I made it my goal to finish the course through sweat, blood and tears, I remember my final comments to the tutors which I can tell you did not go down well ~

"whether you approve of my work or not, I am an artist, I have always been an artist, it is in my blood, it is what I do".

These days I would take that even further, I would say I am art! my life is art! much like the way Tracey Emin expressed herself, through 'herself', showcasing her everyday activity conceptually, her inner experience of life was made manifest, portrayed through the everyday things of life.

My Art Gallery where I showcase myself is this on-line space where I document my story, my life,
from moment to moment, day to day through the years of  ~ Finding my Bliss

Yes I am Art ~ You are Art!

Art as I see it is the way we express our innermost Self
a revealing of the unseen, through our stories, the happy or sad,
told to the world through our words, images, music...

I'm a blank canvas
where I paint my life stories,
throughout all seasons...

Sending my thoughts to ~

Haiku my Heart
Recuerda mi Corazon


I like the idea that every day, we have a brand new blank canvas to start over with, to create whatever we choose for that day.
carol l mckenna said…
Love 'blank canvas' fresh start ~ lovely haiku!

Happy Weekend to you!
artmusedog and carol
A Creative Harbor
judie said…
Awesome haiku. Says so much.
Lea said…
Love this Sue! What a realization this is... the story itself, a piece of art, finding where the pieces fit, making it your own... I feel so fortunate to live this way, and to have sisters like you, to share these masterpieces with... XO
Oh yes! I totally agree :) You/We ARE Art Itself! :) Art, or writing, *are* such deep expressions of our "inner most Self" - our Divine Being: creating, expressing, playing in the story of Life. Love the video: "art speaks to a deeper ecstatic Truth." YES!
Thanks for your comment on my post today :)
Norma Ruttan said…
I have often told my students that we are fortunate to be able to begin each day anew. But...your words paint the picture so much more eloquently.
gma said…
Beautiful Sue. It is a joy to express ourselves artfully any way that pleases us.
Gillena Cox said…
very awesome haiku

much love...
annieelf2012 said…
I entirely agree with you Sue. While I admire your guts for sticking it out, I too would have been a drop out. I find this form of instruction nothing less than lazy and selfish; it is completely designed to discourage the fledgling artist who has more questions than understanding at the beginning. I've known enough teachers like this, so much so, that I skip the classes now. If I want to know something, I look for a tutorial and/or talking to another working artist (not teacher).
There's no such thing as "out of season" for an artist, is there? ;)

Late Haiku My Heart
sperlygirl said…
you, friend, are a work of art!
As Rebecca suggested, please use last week’s link to share your new haiku for November 21st. Click here for the link: Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Thank you!

Popular posts from this blog

Happy Haiku New Year

Bare winter branches bathed in mystical moonshine stirring some magic!

Hello and a Happy New Year to you and yours...

I feel like a stranger to this online space it being nearly two months since I last tapped the keys here. I've been living a kind of nomadic existence recently flitting between houses with the addition of my new little tin home that perches on a Welsh hillside overlooking the ocean. What with Christmas and New Year I have been sleeping in random beds! The acquisition of my tin home is something I have dreamed about for ages and now it has come to pass so I've been bathing in ocean magic....

Something else that has kept me creatively occupied lately is my regular postings on Instagram, I have taken to posting haiku and images there as a meditative practice which satisfies both my need to create and also to focus, I have set the intention to continue this practice for 2017 and also to research the subject, perhaps write about my findings here as I believe this art-…

The thinnest of threads

Stepping out Sunday
though nation is mourning, we
put best foot forward...

Today before posting my daily haiku on Instagram I was shocked to learn of yet another terror attack in the capital city London, 7 slaughtered and 48 injured, this only days after the Manchester killings. At the very moment I was viewing this on-line a pigeon, in flight, slammed into my window causing me to feel a sudden fear, heightening the fear- feeling for those innocent people... Later the prime-minister Theresa May declared on a news bulletin that "enough is enough" and that new measures must be taken to counter this....  As she counted out four ways these measures must take place I was feeling a sense of frustration that no doubt countless millions of others must feel in the face of these senseless acts of violence. I was thinking what can I as one person do? 
My small act of posting one image on Instagram with the above haiku seemed so insignificant and I felt the message of "stepping out r…

Snuggling up till spring...

Comfy and cosy
feeling all loved up in the
comfort of haiku...

Just a quick line this week but thought I'd mention 'Doris' the storm that hit our shores.  On our walk through the church yard this morning there was quite a bit of damage, mainly to the trees up-rooting one altogether so that's why my Jasper and me are snuggling up till spring...

Happy weekend all haiku lovers...

Haiku my Heart
Recuerda mi Corazon