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Over the weekend I was invited, along with a group of other bloggers, to tour a relatively new exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Called State of the Art, it’s a collection of 227 works of art from 102 artists from around the country who were chosen as the curators traveled 100,000 miles to find art that was interesting, personal, and largely unknown in the wider world.
I was really excited to see the exhibit, and will need to go back soon (it’s here through January 19, 2015) to take it in a little more slowly than we were able to on our whirlwind tour with one of the curators. And there’s a lot to see, including photographs, paintings, sculptures, videos, fiber arts and interactive exhibits.
What struck me the most about these pieces is the idea that art really is everywhere, and for everyone.
It’s in your life history.
It’s in what other people throw out in the recycling.
It’s in the things you find on the ground or at the thrift store.
It’s in things other people discard.
It’s in string.
Especially when combined with hooks and needles.
It’s in the intricate folds and cuts of paper.
And in painting with fabric and thread.
It’s in the experience of being a mom.
Even when your kid is driving you crazy.
And it’s in nature.
All of which says to me that there’s really no excuse not to make art. Use what you have, the experiences of your life, to express your world. Everyday stuff. And important stuff, too.
I’m inspired. What do you want to make this week?