Beatrice Wood was an important contemporary artist, craftsperson and writer. Her life ran the course of the 20th century and included many of the figures that shaped it. Ultimately, her genius was in the marriage of wide-ranging influences in her work. The spirit of Dadaism, impact of Modernism, embrace of Eastern philosophy, influence of folk art and even the ornament of ethnic jewelry were all combined in her ceramics. Her work reveals a mastery of form, combined with a preference for the naïveté of folk art.
Ultimately, it is impossible to separate her life experiences from the work she created, as she truly mastered the art of a life." ~Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
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Last summer my kids and I went to a beautiful place called Nice, France, on the coastline. The ocean was brilliant blue, but instead of sand under our feet, there were nothing but millions of small pebbles, all smoothed from many years of tumbling in the waves, but still hard, hot and bumpy to walk on. While they were smooth, we were not used to walking barefoot on pebbles in order to get to the water! It was different, and a bit painful, because they were bumpy and hot under our feet. But when we got to the ocean it was worth it! The cool water was refreshing and we forgot all about those irritating pebbles along the way. We could have stopped, and turned around, avoiding the pebbles all together, but the ocean was well worth walking through the the pebbles to get there.
Through mistakes.....we learn, and progress to the next level, in the process we discover something about ourselves or our art that we didn't know before. Many times, a wonderful and unexpected reward awaits you, after the hardship of trial and error occur. We learn by doing. We lose out when we avoid hardship many times.
How does fear prevent you from revealing or discovering your true style and identity? What holds you back artistically? What are some ways you can move past those obstacles in order to grow as an artist?
Respond by Sept. 23rd for full credit.