Something HUGE hit me as I walked around, staring at these pieces of art. I think some would see them and think 1) What the heck is this? OR 2) I could throw a bunch of crap together and make the same thing.
That is NOT at all what I thought. Well, that's not necessarily true. Some I wondered what it was I was looking at, but not once did I look at a piece and think, "I can do that." In fact, these pieces, as abstract and different as they are, made me excited.
My first thought was, "DO THE ART!"
Let me expound: Do the art, whatever art it may be. Do it! THERE IS A PLACE FOR YOU. The world needs the art that only YOU can create. I don't care the medium--books, paintings, photography, dance, acting, music, etc....DO THE ART!
"Lick and Lather" by Janine Antoni> You may wonder why the title is what it is. Let me explain: The bust on the left is made entirely out of chocolate. While the the one on the right is made out of soap (hence the "Lather" part of the title. What about the "Lick?" Well, the lighter color on the chocolate bust is where the artist licked the sculpture. Interesting, huh?
The above piece was by far my FAVORITE! Seriously, there's legs, and beaded baskets from my childhood (I think my aunt had a ton of these), there's a BUNNY on the top and then to make this art piece truly fantastic IT'S IN THE SHAPE OF A CHRISTMAS TREE!
If I had thousands of dollars that I didn't need to use to simply live, I would buy this and put this in my living room. every holiday representing right there. Of course, that is not the intent of this art piece. Please, please, please, if you have a moment, go and check this incredible artist out HERE.
I want to share a snippet from his site with you: "He says of himself "I have found my middle and now am working toward what I am leaving behind." Cave is well known for his Soundsuits, sculptural forms based on the scale of his body. Soundsuits camouflage the body, masking and creating a second skin that conceals race, gender, and class, forcing the viewer to look without judgment." Profound, right?
I am so glad I took the time to visit this particular museum. It filled me hope. It made me want to create. It helped me to realize that my art (novel writing) may not be completely understood by some, or liked and loved by others, but that's okay. Not everyone has to get me. Not everyone has to accept my story lines or my endings. That's okay.
And there is a place in this giant world for all of us. Yes, even you.
Go make your art.
And in case you think you can do this art or that your kid could make something like this, watch the video below and open your mind a little more.