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New Years Revolution

January 2, 2015

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I don’t have any new years resolutions, just a desire to fuel my own sense of revolution, which I try to do each day anyway. I guess customs are part of life and serve a purpose, but in my own life I want to make each day count and in a way every day is new years day. Never to take my existence for granted and to make sure that I live a life worth living. I believe my current approach is good for me and in all my waking moments I’m conscious of a purpose for being.

I’ve had too many painful years without purpose and it highlights the complex struggle that artists face, which I believe is just a reflection of life in general. There is a specific point here that I would like to make, which relates to submitting ones will to the world around, with regards to compliance and compromise, so that in effect you can be rewarded through society for an easier life. Almost delegating the responsibility of self for the sake of inclusion. I guess in more ordinary walks of life it would be like having a job where you have to be there at a certain time and answerable to your manager which subordinates your lifes choices to the whim and will of others.  This specific area of compromise has brought me to the depths of despair twice, to places so dark that I was only left with my instinct to guide me to the light.

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Making art is a gesture and tenuous at the best of times and I’m speaking about true art here not the sort of art that is a contrivance in search of praise and popularity. The sort of art that feels true to your being and this art can face a mixed reaction which is why as a younger person you develop the work that brings you the most praise and attention, which may seem fine. I mean one is rewarded with praise money and notoriety, but this is a first step into a trap of making art to please as opposed to an expression of self  and it appears to be seamless. In my case my course was diverted and I didn’t even realise it untill something woke up inside of me and set the alarm bells ringing. I was in fact living my life by using only a fraction of my creative potential and it was crushing my soul, allowing the whim of others to guide me and in reality they didn’t truly care for my wellbeing, because they were too worried about their reputations. This is why I often write fuck on my work and fuck off you fucking fuckers on my drawings, just a gentle act of petulance which makes me smile.

So guided only by instinct I bit the bullet and revolutionised my practice and rediscovered the approach to art that defined me and allowed my inquisitive mind to blossom. I’m nothing special as an artist and just very ordinary, but what singles me out a little is my commitment and belief in the integrity of art and a belief that it is a human right to be able to express yourself with total freedom. And when I speak about freedom, I feel it is as much about a state of mind as it is an external influence, I will say that my current approach is not for the faint hearted because it is real and unpredictable. Society is used to compromised beings but free spirits are held off at arm’s length and provide a level of curiosity but not whole-hearted inclusion, which is good because being part of a system is a death sentence for an artist.  I really do feel that to win at this game you have to be a loser in society, because that is the price of a ticket to freedom, or at least it is for me and I can only speak for myself.

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Now that I’ve got that off my chest I will say Happy New Year (again) to all he beautiful WordPressers

❤ ❤ ❤

xxx

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