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Why I always say “Fucking Fuck It”

April 20, 2015

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Over the last few years I discovered (partially through my blogging) how inhibited I’d become through my artistic practice and how I had grown to live a life that was akin to walking on eggshells. It’s strange because there was an illusion of freedom which masked an entirely different reality and underlying it all, was a deep and engrained insecurity. This insecurity was enough to create a fear which silenced a big part of me, as I grew to reluctantly accept the collective compromise through my veil of silence. Even though I still questioned everything, I was finding that my self belief had become damaged and eroded. And that my reality lacked the sincerity which I felt my life required, which is why I had to make the change or accept a fate of increasing mediocrity.

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The superficiality of image has become so important in today’s society and how we are seen by the world is something which we are taught to perfect in order to create an illusion of wonder. This phenomenon is particularly prevalent in the art world, where grandiose gestures are celebrated and where myths of legendary proportions are created. But in a sense it’s all a convenient illusion, unsubstantiated through robust challenges and something which you become painfully aware of as a practicing artist. These realisations are a game changer for any artist and in my case it has awoken me to a point where I no longer wish to be a silent witness. And so I write, to try to articulate my thoughts and clear my mind and so that I can work with what I hope is a greater relevance to society and offer a different set of values and perspectives which people may or may not be interested in.

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Gradually over the last few years I’ve slowly extricated myself from the quagmire which was slowly consuming my life and discovered that accepting mediocrity is no way to live a full life as an artist. To be silenced by conventional wisdom and allow myself to fall into a compromised existence for the sake of convenience would have been the greatest error I could have made with my life.

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I believe the position which I have found myself in is very much a symptom of our times and the selfish culture which encourages us to promote the I. This modern fiscal cultural phenomenon leads to artists working alone, guarding their work in fear of being copied by the unscrupulous, who may steal and profit from their theft. It is a slightly paranoid existence, where we scramble for our share of the money and live our lives in a false hope, much akin to buying a lottery ticket. When in truth if we satisfy our material desires we would only experience disappointment by discovering the lack of worth in superficial notions and desire. But the serious point about all of this is that if we work together as a society we can truly progress, yet conversely when we pit ourselves against each other we face the consequences of blind greed and an erosion of values.

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What art has done for me, is that it has dispelled an illusion which has exposed a route to greater freedom, by which I can now work with an entirely different set of values. Perhaps I can now even work with the freedoms I romantically attach to the prehistoric cave artists. A generation of artists who lived and worked without a need for compliance, unaware of the global lineage and without the constraints of structures, systems of oppression and control. Just imagine that, being creative because you felt the impulse to express yourself. Imagine the great cave exhibitions without a vernissage, just there for those who stumble upon it.

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One Comment
  1. Sarah Wiseman permalink

    Dear Eoghan, I would like to send you a private message about a sculpture I am looking for on behalf of a client, perhaps you could let me have an email? Or email me sarahjane@wisegal.com if this would be of interest to you. kind regards

    Sarah Wiseman

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