Monday, May 01, 2006

Creative Collage - {UGLY}

Well - here's my response to Creative Collage prompt. Fear of the unknown, why are we so afraid of making ugly? Well this got me to pondering and I love that about this process, it combines some great loves of mine, philosophy and art.
The letter on the page is one I've written to myself - to read in Ugly Emergencies!

It reads:
FEAR: an unpleasant emotion caused by the nearness of danger or expectation of pain.
MISTAKE: an incorrect idea or opinion, something done incorrectly.

Why are we so afraid of creating UGLY? - fear of making a mistake seems to be the answer. Well - if we're making art for ourselves or even for ART's sake (and what's wrong with that?) is there really a "nearness of danger or expectation of pain" if our work has been "done incorrectly"? Who's to say it's wrong and who will inflict the pain?
Seems to me 9 times out of 10 the answer is in the mirror. We're our own worst critics.
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder surely UGLY is just a different perspective - maybe - probably - a very myopic one.

People thought that Manet's work was UGLY and WRONG - yet without his vision we would likely not have had a world where Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Picasso were accepted as artists that created BEAUTIFUL ART.

I say embrace the UGLY - try to find something positive in it, if you describe it to others as UGLY, likelihood is they'll see it as UGLY.



angi b said...

great entry, tracey ... something to ponder about... so true, i am my own worst critic : )

kreativekell said...

wonderful and insightful contemplation...and more importantly, your truth! hugs, kelly

Holly said...

Well said and done. Does that mean you are FREE to create anything? go for it!