"First off, there’s the implication that artists, like lawyers, doctors and
dentists, need a license to practice. Of course it could be said that too many
artists already feel the need for such a license: It’s called a master of fine
arts. But artists don’t need licenses or certificates or permission to do their
work. Their job description, if they have one, is to operate outside accepted
Yes indeed to operate outside accepted limits, my torch to hold up high and say haha I can do this without a degree. Furthermore she states
"Second is the implication that an artist, like a doctor, lawyer or dentist, isHere my memories went straight to the people who are filled with emotion when they resonate with the spiritual aspect of my skyscpaes. I never cease to be awed by the emotional connection some encounter when they see my work. As Mr. Rogers declared It is Sacred Space. I share my own subjective needs in my creations. It has never been so evident to me as I take time to reflect on my past work, particularly the skyscapes and the surreal pieces, that these have first met my needs, then those of others.
trained to fix some external problem. It depersonalizes the urgency of art
making and gives it an aura of control, as if it is all planned out ahead of
time. Art rarely succeeds when it sets out to fix anything beyond the artist’s
own, subjective needs. If an artist’s work helps other people to fix
things within themselves or, more broadly, in society, though, so much the
Thanks Roberta Smith for today this Christmas Eve I feel like a hero.
Artists turn whatever intangibles they use — including empty space, language
or human interaction — into a kind of material. They mess with things,
making them newly palpable and in the process opening our eyes.
Merry Christmas to all and a healthy, prosperous New Year !!
Here is a link for you to read her article