There’s a benefit to stretching my visual comfort zone as there is with stepping out of any regular structure I may have established for myself. I LEARN!
I can be a creature of habit….
In terms of viewing art I can really limit myself in my experience. I tend to stick with artists I feel comfortable with or relate to and I’m not sure that’s in my best interest. I think part of my avoidance is feeling like I wont understand other work or enjoy it.
However, anytime I have the opportunity to face of art that I don’t really “get” or understand I am provoked to think and feel.Sometimes many questions and good discussions come of the experience. I GROW.
I ask myself – Isn’t that what art is all about? I think so!
In visiting another blog I had the opportunity to look at some work by artist Kent Williams and I found it beautiful but also disturbing in many ways. This isn’t work that I would normally be interested in but I am curious. I loved the use of color, the detail and I felt like they were puzzles. I found my eye wandering around seeking pieces to make the whole. I don’t know if that makes sense but it was part of my experience. I guess wanted to make order out of the chaos and disturbance and in doing so I was drawn in.
For today, I am grateful for the inspiration to re-visit the idea of stretching my visual comfort zone. I have a lot to learn from observing and experiencing art that I wouldn’t habitually be drawn to and need to do more of that.