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