Can we become too serious? .... because, the moment art becomes too serious, is possibly when the only person you are engaging is yourself...

Have been doing a lot of thinking lately, any thoughts welcomed!

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Comment by Gemma Prangle on February 8, 2012 at 11:53

I find that the most important part is to play and have as much fun as possible during the creative process. I'm not sure if it's possible to determine the 'tone' of the piece until you have explored all of the ideas fully. Sometimes it naturally develops into something more serious, but I still think it's important to find the lightness, even if it's only a glimpse. Although everything's easier said than done!

 I remember talking to an artist about why he painted portraits the way he does. He said 'it sells'. He explained it wasn't the work he really enjoyed painting, but he had to make a living. His other work always seemed to be a bit darker. He enjoyed painting faults, scars and imperfections, but not many people would choose to have them in their houses...

Process vs Audience is something i'm always debating with myself. I think the danger could be when you don't recognise that your work has become too self involved. I think it is a good thing to have process heavy work, particularly if you're experimenting with ideas or methods etc, because it keeps us moving forward. But I think the artist needs to acknowledge that the audience was not the main thought behind the work (and so maybe charging ridiculously high ticket prices will just anger them!) ...

I think the work needs to exist... but shouldn't expect to be liked.   

It's a funny one.... 

Sorry, just a couple of thoughts I have this morning. They could change in an hour!

Comment by Sarah Mumford on January 27, 2012 at 10:04

Thank you Sam, great to get your comment. I shall definitely remember to shout loudly at myself, the artform or anyone else who may be in danger of getting too serious and self absorbed in the creative process, and a loud 'OI!' appeals greatly!

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