This piece lay unclaimed, and unseen for most of the time since it was created, years ago. It was one of my earlier paintings, I can even say nostalgically that it was one of my first such paintings; on canvas, using acrylics, at my first apartment after moving out on my own…
Year after year I become more of an artist – art becoming more natural to me. And yet, I will always struggle with understanding the next aspect, the next dynamic, etc.
The artist doesn’t know what good art is, the artist feels what good art is. I don’t know if this piece of art is good – I can break it apart and tell you about all the qualities and traits that make it up, but I won’t know if they have any value unless I equate you, your life, your feelings and your history into the formula. For the artist himself it is different, because the artist’s life is always changing around the art being created. There is nothing stagnant or still, nothing tangible. The value of the art he creates moves subordinately to his feelings and progression in art. On the other hand, the context of the art is a knowledge that the artist holds closely in memory, and in turn reflects value onto the articles of art it is tied to. Therefore there is value that can be seen and value that is unseen. Communicating the physical, seeable value in a piece of art is a disheartening task if you don’t know how to communicate the unseeable context behind the art.
Explaining the context of a piece of art is an aside, it is a separate piece of art in its own right.