Ever think about that defining moment when you decided that you are an artist (for those artists among my readers)? I am not sure if I remember one, or even a few things that I experienced as a child that pin pointed my destiny as an artist. I think what I am trying to say is that I have always been an artist. I wasn't always comfortable, or proud, or brave enough to say it, but I know I have been preparing my whole life to be an artist. (This is kind of a funny though, because I believe that I will continue "preparing" for the rest of my life too. Let's face it, it's not a career like being a doctor or a lawyer...it's so much more beyond that degree.)
I love Bravo's "Work of Art". Yes, there are some fundamental things kind of wrong with the show from an artist's point of view, but I love it. I think that it is really fascinating to watch people go through a creative art process in 12 hours that would take me weeks to go through. I think that it really tests and pushes the contests to their boundaries in the best way possible. Tonight I watched the episode from 7/21 (last night). It was so intense. The challenge was to create a work of art based on that defining moment (or cumulation of moments) you had as a child, that made you the artist you are today. More than one contestant buckled under the pressure, and created less than impressive works; I think I would have struggled. It's such a heavy topic to deal with so quickly and so publicly. But I guess you'd be kind of a dummy to go on a TV show like that without those certain expectations (of basically being stripped naked on national cable television...in a different way than on Top Model).
All in all, the show is an inspiration and thought provoking for a young lonely artist (it's all I have until grad school starts in THIRTY DAYS [!!] ohmygod, I can't wait).
More on Work of Art soon ;)