Wednesday, February 24, 2010

How many artists actually live an aesthetic life?

beyond just thinking about aesthetics in an abstract, apart-from-self, different-than-daily-phenomenon type of way?

I know some who wrestle directly with this question and arrive at a conclusion that makes them put down their paints, abandon the studio for some kind of other living, but they still have an art school mentality and a drive to create a performance; something fake and outside their lives. They changed the medium, but not their attitude.

I am certainly not pushing for the abandonment of any particular medium.
What I am wondering, however, is if more aspects of life can be lived artistically, aesthetically, differently, with a fuller meaning.
(and if those parts can be accepted AS art themselves, even if they cannot be dissected and studied as art normally is, or even documented)

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