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November 14, 2013

Pay BackThe Divine Feminine: Marching down revolutionary road

When I started out making sculpture I had the usual ambitions and saw a path ahead of me that led to notoriety, fame and fortune. The great romance of being an artist and struggling till one day your discovered and all those years of suffering cast you into the spotlight and your dreams have come true.
Well that’s bullshit, the whole notion and aspiration of success serves as a control to artistic freedom, because you have to be compliant enough to be accepted by the establishment and it’s pretty much a closed shop.
I write about this because I feel it’s important for people who are starting out in the art world to have no illusions that curtail their artistic endeavour and to share ideas with the many disgruntled artists I know.
I struggled for nearly thirty years before I lifted the veil and saw the reality of my position within the art world and saw the art world for what it is. Who controls it and what principles and philosophies are extolled within the great institutions and to be honest I’m disgusted by it all, because I see it upholding values with great duplicity. I feel no bitterness to the system only a great sense of relief that I’ve realised there are other paths to follow that we make ourselves.
I haven’t lost too much as an artist by following great fairy tales because I was always a bit rebellious and did my own thing, but enough to make me feel agitated and determined to achieve something in my own right.
I’m already on a new path, I make the true art that I believe in and I don’t care if it’s ignored because as an artist all I can do is make what I believe in and I will not put my energy into chasing shadows for the sake of a little praise. I don’t want to make work for the purpose of impressing others and trying to get noticed because that is such a vain folly whereby at the end of my life I could only feel utter disappointment with myself.
So my lack of success in the art world is what has actually liberated me as an artist and set me free to produce whatever I please. I like that a lot because ultimately I could have no greater success or meaning to my life than being a true artist free to express myself in any way I choose.
Life as an artist really shouldn’t be about money,aspiration competition and fame it should be real and grounded in the reality of our existence, a sharing and caring world of the one tribe. 🙂


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