I’d like to Blog about another interesting artist I visited during Devon Open Studios…
Selby McCreery opened her home, Landcove House, to the public in September as “a celebration of wonder.” She was not exaggerating. This was not a selling exhibition but a display of enormous creativity – every room and outbuilding containing an interesting installation, art works or sketchbooks. One room in particular had the Wow factor – a huge nest of branches, hay, moss, sheep’s wool and herbs filled the room both literally and with its scent. It’s one thing to think of an idea like that and even more amazing to execute it. Another cause for my Art Envy! How wonderful would it be to make something so impressive, unexpected and astonishing??!
I started to wish that I could produce something amazing and noteworthy… Then I remembered something I’d read about the French artist Gericault (1791 – 1824). His (now famous) work The Raft of the Medusa (1819) was a political statement aimed at the corruption and wrongs of French society under the restoration of the monarchy. To paraphrase… The work was greeted with indifference by the French government in what was probably a calculated reaction. Gericault had sought an extreme reaction, either of outright revulsion or passionate praise, and got neither. From this moment he sank into a deep disillusionment for his stated aim had always been “to shine, to illuminate, to astonish the world”. What a waste of his amazing talent.
This is where authenticity comes in. We can only be who we are and we have to live with being ‘good enough’. Not many people astonish the world and that is OK.