My art is relatively uncontroversial.
I say relatively because there are elements that can make for conversation including the treatment of our heritage buildings, abandonment issues, trespassing and the UrbEx culture. These are topics a viewer can pull from the art themselves that may have little or no reflection on the artist.
There have been many discussions lately on how knowing the artist and the relationship we have with them influences what we like and what we buy in terms of art. I am married to a sales professional that manages teams and has developed programs that have reached across North America and Europe and he confirms that sales is all about relationships. But how much do you really know about the guy (or gal) who sells you a non-art product? Your relationship is based on the integrity of the transaction. Their personal life is rarely a part of that relationship.
As an artist or an art lover – how much do you want to know about an artist? What does the ideal relationship look like for you?
Off and on, I share here on the blog the bits and pieces of what has made me who I am – and my art what it is. I think about these things and sometimes I write them down. I am a writer as well as an artist so the occasional post that is not strictly about art leaks in. Am I out of bounds?
In my last newsletter, I wrote a “Love Letter to My Collectors”. In it I praised them for their support and for sharing their passion with me. I find as time goes on, I make art for them as much as myself. I may not know each one of them, but they are kindred spirits. I like to think that at the dinner party of my blog and newsletter, the characters around the table will feel free to add to the discussion which I am certain will lead us all back to art – because Art is Life. The arts wouldn’t exist without the need to express who we are.. There is nothing more moving to the audience than a musician playing their music with tears in their eyes, a dancer whose emotional pain shows through physical movement, the writer who tells a powerful story – the artist whose emotion is distilled into a single frozen form.
So how much do we reveal? Or do we let the art do all of the speaking? I am inclined to think that my tribe, my friends and my collectors might be disappointed if I never went outside the bounds a little.
What do you think?
About the Painting
This aquamarine room is from the unique and beautiful Sparrow Beach Lodge on the shores of Sparrow Lake in south Muskoka. I suppose a purist might take issue with my placing the chamber pot on top of the dresser, however, since it was one of the only original ones remaining in the hotel still intact, I wasn’t taking any chances by putting it on the floor! (Lakeside Room, 10×12 acrylic on canvas) © 2012 Michelle Basic Hendry You can read about my visit to the Lodge in my December 2010 post.