Barbara Kruger I shop therefore I am 1987
This weeks Art School post might be a little more personal that usual - mainly because this piece by Barbara Kruger so perfectly sums up my head space right now.
Ever since I can remember I have wanted to do something creative with my life, and for the past 4 years I have been 'Living The Dream' running my own business, making my own choices and having complete creative freedom to do whatever I want to do. Recently however the challenges of running the business have been piling up, and I have been pondering some pretty big questions about my life and the path I have chosen. The biggest and hardest of these has been basically asking myself what is the point of it all... what is the point of art? What is the point of what I am doing? I have been so absorbed in the visual arts for so long and this is really the first time I have explored it so deeply. The answer to this question is never going to be straightforward, nor will it be the same for everyone. But right now I am on this journey and before I continue I need to know deep down that what I do does not just contribute to mindless consumerism and mass consumption for selfish gain. I really do want to make a positive difference, and I want my work to be worthwhile, and hopefully soon I will figure out the best way to do that.