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[courtesy of Clare Goodwin

 

ART AS A WAY OF LIFE
  • Artists of all varieties live by and through creativity. This facet of human life is of a complex structure and textures; it imposes great demands on the individual, which put him under strain peculiar to others'.
  • The creative impulse is "whimsical" and at times unpredictable; it may "behave" in a childlike fashion, demanding different lines of attention, focusing and adherence that are likely to result in the artistic individual becoming somewhat "different".
  • The issue of "the different" is not confined to artists only; in fact, it is a major issue of the conscious mind, which tends to classify life as "I" and "the Other". Anything "different" is first grasped suspiciously although knowing that our "acceptable "I" is at the same time "different" to the Other... One may depict the artist as "different", but one should acknowledge that the "different" may see him/her "differently". One person's square is another's circle...
Since we humans are systemic creatures we tend to create and adhere to systemic references - both to the surrounding environment and to the Other. The most common reference system is what we call "Normal" (common) and its obvious counterpart the "Abnormal" (non common).

BUT WHO IS TO DETERMINE WHAT IS NORMAL AND WHAT IS NOT?

 


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