Art in Handcuffs


Art is certainly not without its innate sense of risk. As an artist of course you are risking your own emotional safeguarding as you put yourself out there for the public to view and judge. You are risking your reputation every time a new piece is unveiled—will it be accepted, will it go over well, what will they think of me as a result of this work…You are also at risk of being “offensive” to some. Certainly everyone has their own sense of what they consider to be “art.” And some artists regularly like to blur that line between being artistic and being risky, or shall we say risqué.


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Portrait of the artist as a young girl


Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, Mary Cassatt, Emily Carr…what do these women, among hundreds, nay thousands of others have in common? Artists, they fought vehemently and, in the end, victoriously to create a name for themselves in a world largely dominated by the concept of the impassioned and intellectual male artist. Women were considered incapable of the feelings that ran as strongly or as deep within as say a Picasso or a Monet. Women were not intelligent enough to be able to speak the “language of art” as effectively as their masculine counterparts.

And so women worked to prove the naysayers wrong.

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Here is a story about art...

An old man sits huddled in the corner of a room. The room is nothing remarkable, in fact, far from it, it is a downright shambles. His clothing is threadbare in spots, worn patches expose bits of flesh—a knee, an elbow, part of his calf. He coughs and then blows his nose into the remnants of a handkerchief which at one time must have been red, but now is more pinkish grey. Breathing is no longer easy for this forsaken man. Wheezing and nearly panting, he surveys the space around him using what light manages to shine in from the other side of a grime covered window sash.

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The Life Cycle of Art


Think about how a piece of art begins. It could be a certain look on someone’s face, or the way a leaf trembles in the wind, the chord from a slow, sad song that strikes the heart in just the right way, any of these “minor” moments could be that which leads to an astonishing painting or sculpture. Some of the more surprising inspirational moments in art history have produced some of the most iconic art of all time…

  • Edvard Munch saw a “blood” red sunset and consequently produced “The Scream.”
  • Watching circus performers inspired a number of Chagall’s most famous works.
  • Desert bones were responsible for many of Georgia O’Keeffe’s best pieces.
  • Van Gogh was of course excited by a single sunflower.

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