Anonymous said: I'm glad I discovered your blog! I'm loving it! I sort of see the theme that you have going on, your name fits you well. For a new follower, could you explain what's your inspiration? Favorite artists? What made you want to make it?
So many good questions! Thank you for taking an interest in my blog! I’ve posted here for almost two years and I see that there are many people following my blog, which is wonderful- it’s great to see that other people appreciate the work that inspires me! My attraction to certain works and ideas is personal and I’m hesitant to supply any pedagogic reasoning with it but I am mostly drawn to the works that, for me, fall outside of the dominant narrative of history- the idea that progress in art is linear and based on agreed upon social and academic standards. I’m also drawn to art and ideas that are difficult and challenging to a materialist world view, which I’m aware is a very subjective statement. I just post what I feel a connection to, in a intuitive way, to put it simply. My favorite artists have always been just outside of the modernist narrative of art history, artists who are too weird for theoretical analysis but also too impassioned to be ignored. I have a background in 19th century European and American art, so my knowledge is tipped in that direction but I’ve tried to include artists from all over the world and from different points in history, most recently including contemporaries. The list of artists could go on and on but I look to the 18th and 19th century Romantics as a source for the true beginnings of an awakening in art when the extremes of anguish and passion became acceptable as content. Goya, Blake, Turner and the drawings of Victor Hugo, to name a few. This movement’s legacy has created many profound myths about the role of the artist as outsider, critic, mystic and, like Orpheus, a delver into the lower depths, the abyssal unknown, from which they will either return or die in the effort. These ideas may seem silly and ironic in our time and that’s unfortunate because I don’t know of any better ideals for an artist to aspire to, though the path may be painful. I guess I started posting art as a result of my own practice but also out of my studies in art history. I also began announcing my taste in art to the world, long before I had a tumblr, because I felt very alone in my perspective at the time. Over these past few years I have been fortunate to meet a few who shared my tastes but the majority of what I post here is still very left of center- you will not find many of these artists and writers in the canonical history taught in school… That’s enough of my soapbox speech, this post is far too long! I hope I’ve answered you well!