Saturday, April 19, 2008

April 19, 2008

I want to go back to the thread I had going a few days ago concerning creating controversial art. When I was a kid my father always accused me of doing things differently just to be different. Actually this wasn't the case as I did things my way which may have been different from the way most people approach things. Although I am well aware that some of my pieces will be controversial that is not the motivating factor in creating them. When I'm developing a new piece I open myself to find something universal that I want to comment on. In one piece "The Lesbian Amish" I was imagining what life would be like for an Amish woman living with her lesbianism repressed. Many people who viewed this piece found it offensive as I was mocking the Amish lifestyle when in fact I was only comparing living in the closet for both Amish and non Amish persons.