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Drawing back in on the right direction

September 11, 2013

Figuring it out

I sometimes wonder why it’s so difficult being an artist in the modern world, but then I dig a little with my thoughts and it becomes very obvious that through subtle  mechanisms we are all made to conform. There is a natural curiosity in art that makes you want to explore taboo areas just because they are there and need exploring. So much of life is a distraction from self that you could really live a life without ever asking yourself the big questions. Society seems to cater for all our spare time through the various outlets of escapism, film, tv, games, sport and pulp fiction to name but a few. I know in my own life I was becoming consumed by consuming the meaninglessness. By stopping all those habits like tv, film etc I became more profoundly aware of self. By selling out to the pressures of a consumer society it is almost inevitable that mediocrity will enter into your work as you conform to the powers that be. At first it was difficult removing all that kept me cocooned in quite a false state of being but now it has opened up my life. In some ways I feel that I’ve returned to an ideological approach that is more true to me and offers a greater level of satisfaction now all I have to do is work out how to make a living from it.
The taboo areas are interesting because they undermine and question the securities of our existence and are often hidden away. Sometimes in my drawing I touch on disturbing areas that are uncomfortable to me, but I have no choice because the only option is to keep things buried. I can’t do it all the time but just occasionally when I feel strong enough physcologically, it’s something that’s always intrigued me but when I was younger I always felt too timid.
Art connects me to something fundamental in humanity, to the fact that I’m an animal (creature) with instinct, consciousness, intellect and sophistication which can be contradictory elements. There is so much that I can’t explain and so much that I would like to know but ultimately I have to find my own balance that suits my life so that I can live a satisfactory life. My thinking has always remained profound in some ways and characterises my whole approach to life and art, these thoughts have always echoed in my mind. Art is a gift that needs to be nurtured and protected and it is through the absolute truth of expression that you realise it’s true potential. There is always the possibility of failure in the real world but that is a gamble worth taking to do what you believe in. For me I can do no more in life than follow my heart and instinct and trust it’s the right way for me


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