Minimalism and Art
I have been attracted to the minimalist way of life, the cyber nomad, and other on-backpack lifestyles. As an artist, I feel that I simply need more “objects” than such a lifestyle would accept. A sculptor needs the types of tools you would associate with woodworking, as well as tools for metalworking, and also a great amount of mold storage. Even if I only painted and intended to make a living, or at least sell some work, I would need to build up and maintain a catalogue of artwork. That about cancels out the attractiveness of minimalism for me.
I have pets, and an extensive collection of orchids, a 75 gallon fish tank: books, both art books, and education books. Tools: table saws, air compressors, anything you might need to build a quick shed, or sand blast a sculpture. Furniture. You know how it goes-- a life.
The thought of leaving town for a week is a daunting organizational task. Who will feed my two dogs and cat? What about the two rats? Who will water the paphiopedilums?
You see? Impossible.
I have not written in this blog for a while. Gosh, how long has it been? Believe it or not, I have been getting a Master’s degree. The Master’s degree is part of the master plan to get my art career going. Maybe going a bit better than it is going right now.
Like I said above, I really like the minimalist way of life. What I like better is the idea that a person can leave the corporate world to live an authentic and more rewarding life. I studied several “life path” gurus and bloggers until I came upon Timothy Ferriss’ book the 4-hour workweek. Although as an artist it would not be possible to prance off to Vietnam to live for five dollars per day, my thought was whether an artist, burdened with a ton of necessary junk, can create a living situation in which he or she only had to work a few days a week, and spend the remainder of the time working on art. This, without living in mom’s basement.
Ferriss’ book is not necessarily about traveling the world. It is about escaping the 9 to 5 work-week, and being able to live anywhere. Although there is a component of mobility presumed, it need not be read that way. My first introduction to this book got my mind working. The tools I have in storage are all a part of the master plan. I thought of a variety of places I could live, but in all cases, the huge amount of junk, and often dog and citizenship issues interfered. And then I got it. The Midwest of the United States. Small rural areas with often large houses selling for next to nothing. The ability to do a bit of urban farming. A place not to far from a large city. An art scene, museums, galleries.
I now have an acceptable short list. Where would you live if you had a pile of art necessities, and yet wanted to buy in for as low an amount of money as you could? I’ll leave it like that.
In other news:
Although I did not want to work in fiberglass, I realized that nothing was getting done while I waited for the where-withal to work exclusively in bronze. I’ve started to cast some of my art in fiberglass. If nothing else, to have some samples on hand so people could see the size/detail of my work. I am also beginning to work on a line, in fiberglass, called “Big Toys.” I will keep quiet about this for the time being as well.
This is an example of the fiberglass work I am in the middle of. As you can see, there is still a hatch in this one. That is because my hand needs to go inside to patch the two pieces together.