Learn to be stupid & to say ‘fuck you’ once in a while


We’ve all been there, when self-doubt takes over and we fall into a creative funk.

If that’s you, stop what you’re doing right now. Put the sound up and listen to the words of Sol Lewitt (read by Benedict Cumberbatch at Letters Live) from a letter written in 1965 to friend and fellow artist Eva Hesse, in response to her frustrations about suffering a creative block.

Profanity and humour used in spades!

Video below:

 

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Enlightenment for Sale


Following up from my last blog entry I completed the body of work in the previous painting unit. My concept changed somewhat however (as is typical for practicing artists) resulting in work that addresses a serious issue with humour and absurdity. This was my Statement of Intent:

My work will address the theme of Light with a series of oil paintings loosely done in the style of chiaroscuro to evoke questions surrounding the darker nature of so-called ‘enlightenment’ associated with the New Age / Pagan movement.  I chose chiaroscuro, typically dark dramatic paintings, to juxtapose the ‘love and light’ approach of New Age spirituality in an attempt to draw attention to this underbelly of the movement; the appropriation and subversion of spirituality. This will be a focus on the exploitation of people seeking spiritual enlightenment by individuals who have commercialised spirituality, making it a consumer commodity, to lure people with false promises and absurd claims whilst motivated only by money.

I intend to depict objects that typically would be found on a Pagan altar to represent the elements; Earth, Water, Fire, Air. However, to draw attention to the consumeristic angle of the New Age movement these sacred objects will be replaced with mass produced supermarket products instead. The labels on these products will reflect the absurdity and hilarity of claims made by self-professed Gurus who exploit spiritual seekers. Oil paints as my medium of choice is a connection to the classical as well as to the longevity of the old Pagan religions. Using humour I hope to draw attention to the seriousness of spiritual exploitation by the financially motivated whilst engaging the viewer in a lighthearted manner.

water

Anndelize Graf. 2018. Water. Body of work: Enlightenment for Sale. Oil on canvas. 40×40 cm.

earthAnndelize Graf. 2018. Earth. Body of work: Enlightenment for Sale. Oil on canvas. 40×40 cm.
fire

Anndelize Graf. 2018. Fire. Body of work: Enlightenment for Sale. Oil on canvas. 40×40 cm.

air

Anndelize Graf. 2018. Air. Body of work: Enlightenment for Sale. Oil on canvas. 40×40 cm.

guru

Anndelize Graf. 2018. Trust me, I’m a Guru. Body of work: Enlightenment for Sale. Oil on canvas. 100×100 cm.

 

When in doubt… fumble on.


Jenny McCracken. "Faces of Shop Small.' 2 x 3 meters. Chalk and paint on canvas. Accessed from: http://zestevents.com.au/promoting-the-faces-of-australian-small-business-shopsmallau/
Jenny McCracken. “Faces of Shop Small.’ 2 x 3 meters. Chalk and paint on canvas. Accessed from: http://zestevents.com.au/promoting-the-faces-of-australian-small-business-shopsmallau/

In response to today’s WP Daily Blog: Naked with Black Socks “Are you comfortable in front of people, or does the idea of public speaking make you want to hide in the bathroom? Why?”

As some of you  know I am an expat, formerly from South Africa. These embarrassing (albeit hilarious) public speaking fails were recently made by the current S.African president, Jacob Zuma.

But my favourite is the S. African sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial who clearly didn’t know how to sign at all; instead he just made up some gibberish. How he thought he would get away with that is anyone’s guess. 😀