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play at art and words

updated wed 28 mar 01


Wood Jeanne on tue 27 mar 01

The phrase "playing in the mud" sets my teeth on edge
However, I've heard it used two different ways. The
first is when people deliberately attempt to belittle
us and our craft.

But, IMHO, the second use comes about when people want
to talk to artists but don't know what to say. (Art
Festivals are ripe with this.) So, lacking the words
that would help them describe what they see or their
admiration for what we do, they attempt to be clever
or cute hoping to get a conversation started.

Both uses call for education, but I'm considerably
more patient with what I perceive as the second type
because I think they WANT to have more understanding.
Jeanne W.

> mel jacobson wrote:
> > is art something we `play at`?
> > is graduate school play?
> > is a profession `play`?
> >
> > i like to think of art as a profession, not a toy.
> >
> > is your life work play?
> >
> > i think the world should demand more from the
> arts,
> > and artists should demand more from themselves.
> just the
> > term play feeds into the public perception that
> art is not
> > serious, it is a profession of children.
> >
> > that offends me. i have spent almost 40 years
> teaching
> > that art is important, it is real and it is hard
> work. to be
> > an artist takes years of dedication and intellect.
> it is not
> > working out ones `inner self` be a great
> musician or
> > writer takes genius, we do not compare Beethoven
> with silly
> > child like images scratched from a ball of clay.
> it takes a
> > great deal more.
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