eerie and the creepy and the crawly

I often wonder how creepy images fit into the whole art scheme of things. It seems so often that for many people if the art isn’t about beauty or have some deeper spiritual meaning its not credible or valued or taken seriously.

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I’ve never wanted or even considered locking myself into an accepted form of aesthetics and have always believed that even the darkest subject matter can teach something. Would I hang a very dark image in my own home, well yes I would. As far back as Goya artist’s have been depicting dark subject matter. One of my all time and maybe my ALL time fav painter is Francis Bacon who’s work is so raw and visceral it resonates life’s angst in the most profound visual way. I could easily live with Bacon’s work in my home and never tire of it. But then I’m not a pottery Barn kind of person. Things don’t even have to match in my home. I love antiques for this reason, they carry a history with them and are interesting and unique. Have you ever seen antiques Road Show. I never get tired of hearing the history behind all those trinkets, chatch kees, furniture and artwork and I’m equally amazed at the people who retain it all in there head.

Anyway, I have gotten off on a tangent.

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So this latest work is a bit challlenging for some people and most of the comments which come from other communities I participate in are basically that its “creepy” and nightmarish. Well okay, but can anything else be appreciated about it. I mean as a sculptural form its quite intricate. Its also very surreal. Its intriguing. Just offering up some thoughts that maybe opinions don’t have to be so automatic and pre determined and dismissive. Isn’t there something to be valued about this kind of art?

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I didn’t make the bones, grateful to a great artist for sending them to me all the way from Canada

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4 Responses to “eerie and the creepy and the crawly”

  1. denise Says:

    I love bones, collect bones and like art with bones. I like this piece and the imperfectness of the head that fits right with the spine, creating a caterpillar/centipede.

    On another note…you might enjoy a friend’s art that is in Hartford, CT… http://www.clondonclay.com/shop.html her website isn’t up-to-date for reasons too long to go into, but she’s always producing…I think you’d enjoy her rakes and masks. She has other pieces that are in line with a hand formed head attached to a rusted implement that I especially like, but are not on her site. In my opinion, her work is not dark, but has the macabre edge…but to others…sometimes it’s too much for them…so it all depends on who’s looking.

    Yours might not even be ‘creepy’ enough to some.

  2. Jen Says:

    By exposing the dark areas to the light, by examining WHY they cause us to be squeamish or reluctant is the only way in which we can learn from them. Personally, I’d far rather know what I’m up against than wispy shadows in the corner.

  3. tricia Says:

    thanks for the link Denise, I really like her masks!

  4. tricia Says:

    Great point Jen! XO