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The art of extremism

July 26, 2015

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As an artist I find it hard to resist taking my ideas to extremes, it seems silly not to because if I don’t venture out of my comfort zone, how can I ever discover the possibilities which are waiting to be uncovered. Not only are the results of my endeavours surprising to me, but I would imagine surprising to others as well. For me this is a beautiful aspect of art because you can make your own discoveries and realise something new and original. And I firmly believe that in  life one should live it to the full, for me that entails the exploration of my creative possibilities which is why I no longer shy away from extreme compositions no matter what materializes. It’s because of my push towards creative freedom that I bang on about the restrictions I feel society imposes on us, because ultimately I’m looking to be a free artist who in the end feared nothing, because by doing that, my life will have been lived without regret.

For me this aspect of exploring out of my comfort zone has been a gradual journey as bit by bit I’ve explored my unique vision, using my developing aesthetic sensibilities and compositional developments as an aid to pushing my boundaries without becoming lost. You see there is something to fear when you push the boundaries and expose yourself through your art, because people will make fun of you and as a younger person this can be quite damaging and make you defensive. In fact the less people understand it the more they will feel threatened by it and attack you as a counter attack to protect themselves. I think I’ve come quite a way from where I started out as that quiet and shy young man, but I’m also aware that I’ve much ground to cover to make my life feel like a worthwhile exercise of living. I would hate to grow old with regrets and bitterness and this drives me with a desperation to realise what I feel and know is my potential as an artist.

So finally I’ve ridden through the storm and found the confidence to venture into the extreme without fear, because I can finally handle the negatives and have grown to see art as much as an act of provocation as anything else. A catalyst to stimulate a reaction through thought and reflection, and so any reaction will do because art works when it moves people.

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Have a beautiful day ❤

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