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Real art bridges time and tells own story

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We live in a time when we are saturated with images promoting the non-stop consumer culture.

They stare back at us from our computers, televisions and magazines, drive by us on buses, come home with us in our groceries and, sometimes, we even pay extra to have them on our clothes and accessories.

It is a time of mass production, when painting has been declared dead, advertisements and political agendas can be declared high art and the original, individual, physically expressed creative thought gets lost in the noise, becoming a marketing tool or a posthumous commodity affordable only to the few as a statement of their wealth.

How can a local artist — a creator of beautiful thoughts and artwork inspired within and by the community where they live and work — compete with that?

The first step is public awareness.

A reproduction or a print, unless it is created by the hand of the artist, is a piece of paper, nothing more.

Over time, it will deteriorate and fade.

A real painting is vivid, alive and, in all ways, far superior.

Paintings contain crystallized pigments, often built up in layers that actively interact with the light they reflect, changing with it.

A painting can contain textures created by brushstrokes or a pallet knife, giving the work a three-dimensional quality.

When displayed, an original painting will transform a room.

It is not just a decoration but a piece of history.

It marks the artist’s statement of creativity and energy at the time of its conception — and, just as importantly, your reaction to it.

A hand-thrown pot, mug or vase is not just a functional vessel, but a time capsule linking us to our humanity.

We have been throwing pots and making clay and ceramic sculptures ever since we came out of the primeval forests.

Having your morning cup of coffee out of a handmade mug supports a direct link to our evolution as a culture, as well as to another human being.

While the incredible paintings on the walls of the grotto in Lascaux, Franc, date back some 20,000 years, handmade jewelry, as an art form, claims an even deeper past.

Thirteen pierced shells covered in clay were found in the Grotte des Pigeons at Taforalt in eastern Morocco, dating back 82,000 years.

Strung, one can easily imagine this piece of adornment as a token of love or a symbol of passion made by someone not too unlike ourselves.

Regardless, their existence today not only bridges a temporal gap, but illustrates the intimate role art has played in the development of

individuality.

It’s a physical statement of creative thought that sets its wearer apart from the herd.

Wearing one-off handmade jewelry created by an artist reflects your uniqueness, displaying and complementing those traits you cherish and want to share with the rest of the world.

In a time when reproductions and factory-produced

originals flood the market, buying an original piece of artwork created within your community preserves what it is that helps define where you live.

The piece — be it painting, sculpture, ceramic, jewelry or multi-media —

mirrors the artist and the patron, framing them within the context of their environment.

A collector of art is not just a collector of things but a safekeeper of our culture.

Rather than satisfying that consuming urge at some box store, this shopping season consumers should think about what it is they are spending their hard-earned money on and consider investing in your local artists and artisans.

Buying original art strips away the anonymity of mass-production, making a statement about the purchaser.

Moreover, it’s an excellent investment.

It doesn’t matter if the artist becomes famous or not, they create value by capturing a historical perspective and, over time, that value increases.

Perhaps most importantly, an original piece of art can

be inspirational, nourishing and can

be passed down to future generations, defining and keeping safe our cultural identity.

 

 

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