This is the first time in quite a while that I am drawing without feeling like it is a huge and unpleasant task. I have been finding motivation such a difficult thing to have in the past few months and I don’t really know why…
Anyway, I have had quite a few people flip through my sketchbooks or look through my social media feeds and most of them seem to think that a lot of my pieces are “creepy”. I know that not a lot of artists from here try fantasy themes like this and it may be the reason that people are a bit uneasy about it. I like to think that art should be the ultimate freedom to be yourself but as much as how tolerant people think they may be, I don’t believe that they wholeheartedly mean what they are saying.
About a year ago, there was a kid doing a sculpture for his art project for school. It was of what looked a man and a smaller creature coming out of the man’s stomach. This of course made people a bit uncomfortable, so uncomfortable, that one of the parents at the school made a complaint about it and so the student’s work was cancelled and he had to make another piece because the parent complained that it was “demonic”. I was stunned by this because the school was one you would expect to be filled with tolerant and open-minded people. I was also annoyed that someone would go out of their way to demonize someone’s hard work simply because it makes them uncomfortable. More than anything, I am mad that the school went along with it, not even explaining or interpreting what the student was trying to portray and so the student had to start over and suffer the consequences.
This used to make me nervous at first because I make a lot of fantasy themed art and I know that a lot of it looks like it might be “dark art”, which people from here especially might interpret as demonic or evil. People need to be aware that not everything revolves around their beliefs. While they might interpret it as evil, to me some of my pieces represent hope and so wouldn’t ‘canceling’ it or stopping me from expressing myself be ironic in a way? because you are encouraging self expression but just as long as you have these restrictions then you are “free to be yourself”. This is exactly what makes it seem as if art is all a bit pointless to me and maybe I am being a little pessimistic but it really is so very disheartening to see art like “Rafiki” being banned here because this one person does not have enough awareness or wits to think that there could be millions of interpretations out there other than their own.
Just some random thoughts though…What do you think about these sort of things happening?