From a young age I’ve had a restlessness inside me that is only stilled when my hands are busy creating art; however, until 2014 when I enrolled in a Bachelor of Fine Art and Visual Culture through Curtin University in Australia I had not yet formally studied art. Since enrolling, my artistic abilities have increased noticeably but more importantly I have learnt how to think about art, how to question art – my own and others. This has impacted my process and how I approach new works.
As most art students will tell you, while studying art at university there isn’t much time to create leisurely artwork, in fact most of the work produced is for one or other uni assignment. But, it is in this sometimes frustrating process where the learning lies.
Do artists need to study formally to create art? No, absolutely not; in fact many of my favourite artists are self taught. Having said that though, I am one of those who needed to do the formal studies. This has broadened my own understanding of art and art history and has forced me to give a lot more consideration to the process and the materials used when planning artwork.
I will occasionally blog about these processes, my successes and failures, my thoughts on art and about other artists who influence or inspire me. Art has the ability to address issues that are otherwise difficult to address. It has the magical ability to reach people on an emotional level. Mostly art is a visual language that we all speak from a very young age; studying art merely teaches us the nuances of the language. How we choose to develop our visual vocabulary is an individual and personal journey.
In the end though it is only through doing that we can create art, and through continual practice that artists become good at what they do.