Re: virus: Together or Not

Brett Lane Robertson (
Wed, 26 Nov 1997 18:51:50 -0500

What happened to me is this Brett. I have been working on my colored
pencil art and my glass work recently (though not as much time as I
would like). Until you said what you said here, I thought of art as
representation or non-representation. What you gave me is the idea that
I need to work on my art to convey my belief system. My neurons thank



I used to style myself an artist (still do sometimes). I went through a
period when I wanted something to "convey my belief system." It is a worthy
endeavor. But, in the end I think that what seems entirely personal today
will be very common and mundane tomorrow. That is, like handwriting, people
will look at it and note the "style", make some brief comment on it--like,
it's neat, or readable, or concise--and look for content...this
"representational" quality you speak of. In short, I got tired of being
"artistic" and think--now--that the craftsmanship, or the quality of the
piece, matters much more than the expression of a certain style or belief.
In fact, sometimes I'd like to repress my "style" art has a signature
quality to it and I notice it as a flaw (the heads are always slightly
smaller on the right side of the picture, the hair is always too full, there
is a decided slant to the left in the overall composition, the lines are
loose, etc.).

Anyway, I don't want to convey the idea that it is extremely important that
other's understand me, if I can capture a truth and convey it. It is just
frustrating when someone wants to know how I came up with is
an expression of who I am in ways that can't be conveyed in the same sense
that saying "I read it somewhere" might express.



Show respect for age. Drink good Scotch for a change.