I've always considered myself equal parts romantic and skeptic. I adore art and everything it stands for. I wouldn't be who I am today if it weren't for all the colors and sounds I've surrounded myself with throughout my life. But even so, I tend to over-analyze, and with each work of art I admire, even if it absolutely thrills me, I still have this voice in the back of my mind questioning- "Why is this even important?" often followed by the flippant conclusion, "This has been done a thousand times before." Every piece of art has been inspired by another. At this point in our timeline, it's nearly impossible for a human to create something entirely original. Austin Kleon brings the point home in his book Steal Like An Artist, which I highly recommend. In the book, (which is very short and ideal for skimmers) Kleon establishes that no, you aren't original, but that by no means suggests you shouldn't make art. And it was this book among several others that proved to me that everything is essentially a collage. This includes who we are as artists, and on a grander scale, who we are as individuals.
|A stellar example of a no-nonsense and slightly ironic quote you'll find in Steal Like An Artist|
I myself have dappled in art. I wouldn't say I'm incredible. As an artist, I've always thought of myself as 'the jack of all trades but the master of none'. I can sort of draw. I can sort of write songs. The following are just a few collages I whipped together online.
|"Those Who Can't Paint Make Collages"|
|"Everything Is a Copy of a Copy of a Copy"|
|"Fear of Death // Accepting Mortality"|
|"You Are Who You Listen To"|