I love Sausage McMuffins. Yes, I work for artisanal, organic food companies (and eat so well because of them). But, oh, Sausage McMuffins with a side of triangular hash browns! That is a divine meal.
I’m never going to be a huge opera fan. I won’t spend hours dissecting a piece of art in a museum. I’m not interested in research or academic pursuits. I would rather spend time practicing my art than getting an MFA. I don’t need to be a “serious” artist. My work is what it is.
I make happy, colorful art (often of shoes). I’m a happy, colorful person (who happens to like shoes). I don’t believe that one has to suffer to create something enduring, something of beauty. Art doesn’t always have to make you think, but it does have to make you feel. And I choose to make art that makes me feel good. That may never get me a gallery show, I may never see any of my prints in a glossy shelter magazine, and I’m okay with that.
Sometimes I wish I were more highbrow, more serious. But I’m not. I have occasionally lowbrow taste, often prefer the cheery over the intellectual, would sometimes rather feel than think. That’s me. I’m learning to own it. Being authentic keeps me moving forward. There’s growth in self-acceptance – and stuckness in fighting who I naturally am.
This week, I’ve been working on more prints in my Peacocky Flowers series. They’re bright and colorful and a little bit gaudy. Which is to say, they’re pretty awesome. And they’re very much me. I’m just going to embrace it all and keep on creating.
38 thoughts on “MSEL: I am who I am.”
Love this. Totally resonates. “Art doesn’t always have to make you think, but it does have to make you feel.”
You encapsulated what most of us think perfectly! It’s nice just to like something for the sake of it.
P.S. I’m a Bacon and Egg McMuffin fan myself!
Great post! For me it gets “old” and “tiring” to enjoy just the “organic” and the “artisanal” . Even if artisanal chocolates and other gourmet food are undoubtably “divine”, personally it’s not as comforting as good ole Sausage McMuffin, greasy burgers or a bag of M&M’s. (not that eating too much of it is good for you). It’s refreshing to hear such un-pretentious words from someone who lives in a city where everyone seems to be defying conventions striving to be “artisanal” or alternative. I myself am a big fan of McDonalds French Fries.
this is awesome, love it!! amen and I need to do the same thing – own it, be authentic and stop trying to be someone else! xo
I couldn’t agree more. Life is so serious anyway. I like what I like because I like it, its that simple!
Egg and bacon McMuffin for me, love ’em!
I really enjoyed reading this post – I think your work shows the way you feel about it. It’s beautiful, unique and happy. You’ve made me feel good about my choices for my art too! Thanks very much. Have a fantastic weekend. C x
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