A few weeks ago, a former teacher of mine posted a comment on facebook; “participate and keep art alive”. This is circulating on facebook for a while now but just never reached me (or I just didn’t pay attention, that happens a lot…) After “liking” his comment he send me a message with a name; Annette Meyer. I was now supposed to go through all of her artwork and post my favourite one on facebook. (which I didn’t, I forgot but to make up for it I am writing this blog) To be honest, I had no idea who Annette Meyer was, what her discipline was or if I would find her work interesting. But that is not what it is all about.
When you try to participate in something like this, you learn that you do not have to like everything in order to understand and value an artist or an artist’s work. It is about learning to appreciate that what someone was trying to create. When I studied in Belgium, I had a professor that no one really liked. To be honest, he was an asshole (everyone thought so, it was not only me. He was just one of those people…) but he did learn me a new way to look at things. Art is about that; new ways. Artists try to create new things. Things that have never been done before or if it has, a new perspective. All in the sense of time. They don’t always create random stuff that have an elite meaning to it as people often think. Art isn’t for the elite. Art is for us, for everyone who is curious. Therefor you don’t have to like it all. It is not about taste, because, most things you find tasteful your neighbour resents. That what is beautiful in someone else’s eye might horrify you unless they have the exact same thoughts about it as you have. So, art is like my asshole professor; you don’t have to like it but you can appreciate what is offered.
Back to Annette Meyers work. As it says on her website she “finds her inspiration in meeting between consumer society and the human body. Disposable clothing made out of wrapping materials”. Pretty interesting these days as everything needs to be green, greener, greenest and we over consume. She also designed paper dresses which I did not find that interesting. It reminded me of the paper dress of Mugler but a little outdated. I did, though, liked the fact that she imprinted the paper with logos of brands that she was designing for. So, one to my next move. I need to find the most interesting piece in her work. I don’t find it that interesting. But, as I so wisely wrote, it should be about the creative process. Awareness of the beauty of creating and not about taste.
It should be.
It really should.
Ok. Found it.
”Art isn’t for the elite. Art is for us, for everyone who is curious.”
Image Source: Annette Meyer