The Life of an Artist

In: English and Literature

Submitted By nrip22
Words 1481
Pages 6
In the 1960’s Carolee Schneemann was first drawn to her Old Stone House in Springtown, New York. When Schneemann first came across the stone house, she felt an immediate impulse to unite with its unique and individual character- so beautifully isolated among the rural and undeveloped. She was immediately embraced by the calm spirit of the ramshackle house, and as if her intuition didn’t say enough, a company of dreams ensued which further intensified her attraction. This paper, will prove how the persevering spirit of the Old Stone House, has come to mirror Carolee’s own spirit as artist. While Carolee does not consider the Old Stone House a work itself, it is the embedded spirit and process of discovery that is reminiscent of her artistic manifesto.
For Schneeman, the Old Stone House served as a rejection, of the mindless repetition of images associated with pop culture, and the mainstream in the 1960s. It represented an escape and stood instead as an embracement of history and spirit. Carolee proudly tells us of her prescient dreams which were quite influential to her and James Tenney’s decision to purchase the property in upstate New York. “I had an overwhelming need to tell them not to offer the house and then these dreams began, in trying to figure out what kind of destiny we could find with this monumental space…I listened to them” (Conversation) Her first dream told her, “You will see a golden stone.“ Schneemann and Tenney decided to follow this dream due to the fact that one of the I Ching instructions that kept coming up was “I’m not what I seem to be.” The second dream told her to “take a crowbar and pry up the linoleum, and you will see a chestnut floor” The chestnut floors, that were covered up had been completely preserved. The third dream told her to take a hammer, walk to the middle of the living area and smash the ceiling” which was covering a big…...

Similar Documents

Artist Bio

...I am a self-taught artist and have created art in various forms throughout my life.  I paint using flowers, on canvas and primarily use acrylic paint.  As a self-taught artist, my approach to art is non-traditional. I do not attempt to follow the traditional “rules” of art, but rather choose to create with as few limitations as possible.  My paintings often contain bold, bright colors and all types of flowers including, lilies, roses, orchids, sunflowers and I don’t limit myself to using other more expensive or, inexpensive flowers. My thoughts on using such subjects are to preserve them and keep them alive, forever! I normally choose the colors based upon my mood or what’s happening in the moment. More often I tend to mix all colors and create a sought of 3D vision within my paintings bringing it to life again.              My primary goal is to paint for self-expression and inspiration.  In a society that is increasingly fast paced and stressful, art provides a way for me to relax and rejuvenate. It also provides a way for me to practice the important skills of stopping to appreciate the good things in life.  Seeing things with the “eye of an artist” makes it easy to see beauty where others might not.   As a result, I strive for all of my work to convey positive emotions and invoke an uplifting response in the viewer.            I also believe in the positive effects of art as it relates to physical and emotional health. Whether creating art or simply viewing it, I......

Words: 311 - Pages: 2

Realist Artists

...Early cave paintings around the world depict animals such as bison, wild cattle, horses and deer. These paintings were made using charcoal and other organic materials over thirty thousand years ago. While the reason is still unclear, these paintings most likely signify daily chases early man took part in ( Since then, artists have used paintings to represent and respond to many ideas throughout history. Passionate, dramatic and complex paintings, such as “The Colossus” by Francisco Goya of the Romanticism movement characterized the early nineteenth century. A struggling political and social time in the Romanticism movement sparked a need in artists to document the ordinary world instead of grandiose and dramatic scenes, and the Realism movement began. This movement developed and popularized these depictions of scenes from the ordinary world without any flourish, as seen by Honoré Daumier with “The Third-Class Carriage”. Realism originated as a reaction to the social and political characteristics of the Romanticism movement, as seen in various literary works, impacted the art world greatly. The late eighteenth century began the Romanticism movement, which prevailed as the dominate artistic movement through the nineteenth century. It directly revolted against the Enlightenment period, by “challenging the excessive rationalism” and “stressed strong emotion as a source of aesthetic experience” and came about as a result of the effects of the French......

Words: 964 - Pages: 4

The Artist

...are often created to meet the formula that appeal to today’s audiences. Modern movies offer high action, incredible special effects, 3D, or 3D animation to capture the audience’s attention, but one Oscar winning film deviated from this traditional recipe, “The Artist”. French director Michel Hazanavicius brought back to life the bygone era of silent movies and broke the current Hollywood blueprint. A quote from the novel “The Chosen” seems appropriate when describing this film, “I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own” (Potok, 1967). “The Artist” The year is 1927 and Hollywood is in its last few years of silent movie production. A new and exciting medium is starting to make its way into the theaters, the “talkies.” George Valentine (Jean Dujardin), a mixture of Rudolf Valentino, Errol Flynn, and Douglas Fairbanks, is the biggest superstar at the studio he works for and on the silent screen. Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) is the fledgling extra looking to find her way in Hollywood. Peppy, with her unforgettable smile and charm makes an impression on George who happens to be at odds with his wife in his personal life. There is obvious chemistry between the two that is sparked in a playful dance scene when George mimics the steps of Peppy, but doesn’t realize who it is because he can only see her legs. George and Peppy meet again when she is cast as an extra in one of his......

Words: 1459 - Pages: 6

Artist and Their Shoes

...A quick look at how artist thru the ages have portrayed shoes. A quick look at how artist thru the ages have portrayed shoes. Look at your feet, you are probable using some kind of foot wear and if not you must definitely own at least three different shoes. Some artist found that this common piece of clothing that we take for granted is a master piece on its own. From Vincent Van Gogh to Andy Warhol, they all painted shoes in different forms and environments. Take for example Van Gogh “A pair of shoes”, they seemed kind of depressing, yet heavily use, the viewer can create the character that used these boots by simply looking at this picture. A worker perhaps or even the artist himself, they must feel comfortable with them, even love them since they look as if they had been used quite frequently. Then we have Dali´s painting of shoes, I know you were expecting a crazy painting this one is very tame. Once again we see a pair of shoes that are very worn out, it even looks as if they are melting, this time however the views sees the feet and since its Dali we have a nice reference of the snake; that could either a symbolism of the evil forms that we are enslave to or the sin that chases us all through life. With or without surrealism Dali´s paintings are exquisite, it is a known fats that feet and hands are some of the hardest things to paint, yet here Dali´s foot looks breathtaking, and as for the shoes they also tell a story. When going back to the renascence shoes......

Words: 1247 - Pages: 5

An American Artist

...perhaps a sculptor of two people. The artist definitely has a thought provoking artistic manner that has something to say. This artist is Alison Saar. She is a combination of two races. Her mother is bi-racial and her father is white. Those elements combined have enabled the artist to create a multitude of unique sculptors that present heavy ideas with elements of play. Alison Saar is kind of pushing the boundaries of what sculpture is. Her work attempts to distill the vile essence of bigotry and transform it into consciousness. One has had to tolerate the ageism, racism and the entire ism that manifest itself into feelings that an artist grasp and utilize to be the creator of this sculpture and more like its storytelling figures have to display. Rouse, as it is called, is very provocative. It is a presentation of a nude figure standing amidst a large assemblage of deer antlers and cradles overhead another nude figure resting in deer antlers. Its combination of wood, bronze, paper and antlers creates a mind altering experience upon sight. In deciphering just the word alone and applying it internally as well as an external component, one simply has to know its word origin. Rouse: awaken from consciousness; activate; stimulate; incite; instigate; provoke someone’s anger or action; hunt; force; or drive out; displace or chase away very well imposes and defines a journey a person may want to embark upon. The sculptor ROUSE is a life-sized sculptor of a......

Words: 527 - Pages: 3


...ANDERSON HUMA205 12/06/2013 One of the Artist I’m choosing is Taylor Swift, she is a young country pop singer-songwriter, guitarist and actress. Swift was born December 13, 1989 in Reading Pennsylvania, U.S. and her Birth name is Taylor Alison Swift. Swift is a multi- Grammy award – winning American singer/songwriter. And some interesting facts about Swift, she grew up on a Christmas-tree farm in Pennsylvania, and her Grandmother was a professional opera singer, Swift also began performing at the age of 10, and at 14 was the youngest staff songwriter ever hired by Sony Tree publishing house in Nashville, and she also wrote or co-wrote all of her songs on her self- titled debut album, and in 2009 made her acting debut,and in 2010 became the youngest artist in history to win the Grammy award for Album of the Year, and Swift was only 20 years old at the time. Also Swift was named Billboard’s Women of the Year in 2011. She was also named the American Music Awards Artist of the Year, as well as the Entertainer of the Year for both Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music. Swift is also the top-selling digital artist in music history. My next artist I am going to discuss is Leonardo de Vinci, perhaps most noted for an artist da Vinci was also an inventor an architect and chronicler of science, he was born April 15, 1542 in Vinci, Italy, and was born out......

Words: 1334 - Pages: 6

Textile Artist

...Emily Greentree Teri Kerss Fiber and Textile Arts, Mendocino College Written Research Assignment on Alice Kettle Due 11/15/2012…written on 12/10/2012 My Inspirational Textile Artist During my browsing on a Google search, I ran into a contemporary textile/fiber artist from the United Kingdom by the name of Alice Kettle. At first the reason why I had chosen to write about her is because she uses organic material for her projects. She has her degree in Fine Arts as well as Textile art. I am very much attracted to the art that she portrays in her textile. I can see a lot of different people, emotion, and stories embodied in her pieces. She uses varieties in the thickness and types of thread that is stitched to cloth. That reminds me a little of what I have been doing, which is exploring varieties of yarn, however the reason I do so is to try new material because I am new to textile making. I have found that I like the different materials used, it creates a texture that you cannot find if you were to be using the same material throughout your entire piece. Her inspiration comes from history, thoughts, poems, fears, connections, stories, people, and places. She uses a technique of stitching thread on cloth with a machine. When she was younger, she painted. She prefers to use free form art over technique used. Stitching allows her to do this; comparing the thread/machine to a brush and the cloth to paper. It is easier for her to bring about ideas and......

Words: 599 - Pages: 3

Artists Comparison

...Tammie Lopez Eng. 326 Final Paper 11/27/13 Artists From a Readers Perspective The term artist refers to a person who produces works in any of the arts that are primarily subject to aesthetic criteria. Artists such as Stephen Dedalus from James Joyces’ Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Lily Briscoe from Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse are both equally affected by how society interprets their art. These two characters embody their author’s perspectives on what it means to grow and be a true artist. At the same time they receive contrasting messages from the society around them, which in turn affects how they view their own art. Stephen and Lily as artists receive vastly different treatment from society, Stephen is confident whereas Lily is clearly not. Lily looks up to Mrs. Ramsey, but Mrs. Ramsey does not take Lily seriously and Lily knows that. “With her little Chinese eyes and her puckered up face, she would never marry; one could not take her painting very seriously” (Woolf 17). According to the people around her, Lily has one role in society and that is to get married and take care of her husband and her household. No one in Lily’s life seems to encourage her the way that the people in Stephen’s life encouraged him. Mr. Tansley is Lily’s biggest critic and a firm nonbeliever “whispering in her ear, “Women can’t paint, women can’t write…” (Woolf 48). Lily recounts these comments made......

Words: 1279 - Pages: 6


..."skill method" or "technique", and conveys a connotation of beauty. During the Middle Ages the word artist already existed in some countries such as Italy, but the meaning was something resembling craftsman, while the word artesan was still unknown. An artist was someone able to do a work better than others, so the skilled excellency was underlined, rather than the activity field. In this period some "artisanal" products (such as textiles) were much more precious and expensive than paintings or sculptures. The first division into major and minor arts dates back at least to the works of Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472): De re aedificatoria, De statua, De pictura, which focused on the importance of the intellectual skills of the artist rather than the manual skills (even if in other forms of art there was a project behind).[3] With the Academies in Europe (second half of 16th century) the gap between fine and applied arts was definitely set. Many contemporary definitions of "artist" and "art" are highly contingent on culture, resisting aesthetic prescription, in much the same way that the features constituting beauty and the beautiful cannot be standardized easily without corruption into kitsch. ------------------------------------------------- The present day concept of an 'artist'[edit] Artist is a descriptive term applied to a person who engages in an activity deemed to be an art. An artist also may be defined unofficially as "a person who expresses him- or herself......

Words: 769 - Pages: 4

Hunger Artist

...understanding and interpreting the different themes within Franz Kafka’s “A Hunger Artist”. In this story, the act of fasting is a symbol for spirituality. The “hunger” mentioned throughout the story can be interpreted as a thirst for spiritual enlightenment. The first instance in which fasting can be perceived as a symbol for spirituality lies within the very first line of the story. “During the last decade the interest in professional fasting has markedly diminished” (Kafka 507) just as the interest in professional spirituality i.e. structured religious beliefs has diminished within modern society. Therefore, the hunger artist, in his quest to achieve the ultimate fast, is symbolic of the monk, in his vocation to achieve the ultimate insight into the world beyond. In continuing this motif, there exist skeptics to the concept of spiritual enlightenment just as “suspicions…[are a] necessary accompaniment to the profession of fasting.” (509) Just as we hold only ourselves accountable for our own spiritual growth, “only the artist himself…[is] bound to be the sole completely satisfied spectator of his own fast.” (509) Also the fact that Kafka made “the longest period of fasting [as] fixed by the impresario at forty days” (509) furthers fasting as a symbol for spirituality since it alludes to Jesus, a central figure of Christian beliefs, literally fasting for forty days and nights. This allusion to the hunger artist as a Christ-like figure advances the symbolism of spirituality......

Words: 583 - Pages: 3


...Rama, Jefferson AB-PHOTO Are Artist made or born? Explain. I believe everyone has at least one talent – something they are really good at. Some people are especially gifted at fixing things, while others can pick up a musical instrument and learn very easily. Even creativity can be learned. Those who have no natural inclination toward creativity may develop it through experiences, travels, reading and learning. I know of artists who never had any urge to create in their life until they went through certain experiences. These experiences inspired them to pick up a brush and learn to paint, something they did not ever think of doing before. Every artist has their own journey and reasons for becoming an artist. Art isn’t something I grew up with or was tutored in, so when I stumbled upon it on my own, something clicked. The natural ability to draw and paint is ingrained in some people, too. But not all of us are gifted with an innate artistic sense, and I don’t think talent cancels out the equally important willingness and desire to steep yourself in and truly perfect your craft. Artists are born and made at the same time people have their own choices in life whether to develop the skills or talent that they possesses or leave it there. Some people think that they can’t develop it becoming an artist requires a lot more than talent. It requires learning, looking at art from other artists, and continually creating and exploring. Artists create art because they love......

Words: 260 - Pages: 2

Artists Bede

...colours, textures, use of media and techniques * Technique: Linocut, Acrylic ink on paper, printed in black ink, from one block * Graphic linear designs * Patterns in artwork * Abstract decorative patterning * Black and white prints * Mask of a hybrid being: Hybrid beings (beings that are a cross between two species), such as half human and half animal. * Artistic tradition: It is used on tutini (grave posts or Pukumani poles) and tungas (bark baskets) to showcase an art style, iconography and ritual design specific to a tribe. Write notes on the artist and their ideas The meaning of he’s artwork is mainly focused on the cultural beliefs of the Tiwi creation stories. Bede Tungutalum lino prints represent an aspect of the Tiwi Creation story. The owl man, Puritijikini introduced the first Kulama ceremony on Melville Island. The Kulama ceremony celebrates the creation of life. The Pukamani ceremony is an important ceremony performed when a Tiwi person dies. Pukamani poles are sculpted, hollowed and intricately decorated timber poles, which mark the death of a Tiwi person and his or her passage into the afterlife. These burial poles are erected in family groupings.

Words: 367 - Pages: 2

The Existential Artist

...Existentialist Artist In A Hunger Artist, Franz Kafka utilizes existential themes in a depiction of a man’s quest for personal fulfillment through starvation, deemed an art form. This man, the hunger artist, fasts for long periods of time as part of a circus act, but never experiences satisfaction as a result of his performance; he believes he can fast for much longer than is allowed. In his current situation, the impresario makes the decision for the extent of his fast, and as a result the artist is unhappy. The artist here loses the freedom of choice, a theme masterfully applied by Kafka here. Following the ideals of existentialism, one can only experience the happiness brought upon by his own choices. Accordingly, the hunger artist remains discontent when he is unable to test the extent of his fasting abilities. It is his art form being denied. For example, when the artist is first displayed at the larger circus, he holds conventional expectations that he will find satisfaction in a longer fast. Furthermore, due to the artist’s dejection as a result of his inability to define the terms of his fast, the hunger artist experiences the existentialist “unfulfillable desire for fulfillment.” These expectations contrast existentialism because in them the hunger artist tries to find meaning through the attention of spectators, rather than finding meaning through his own choices. Since he does not follow the existentialist guidelines for creating meaning, the artist remains......

Words: 683 - Pages: 3


...BENJAMIN JONES AS AN ARTIST Name Institutional affiliation Background and history Benjamin Jones’ pieces of art have a special way of uniting any disconnected items, be they spiritually apart or politically different. A keen look at his work displays a connection in many aspects of life that always seem to be worlds apart. It is through art that one can tell what goes on in the mind of an artist and what entails their perception of the world(). Art is a means of communication that is used by most artists to communicate. Benjamin Jones’ art mainly revolves around the theme of spirituality. His excellent piece of work made him one of the most important artist of his generation. Benjamin .F. Jones was born in the year 1941 in the state of New Jersey, United States of America. He acquired several degrees in his education that includes a master of fine arts degree from Pratt University in Brooklyn, New York, as well as a master of art degree from New York University. Benjamin also had an undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Fine Arts that he got from Paterson University located at Wayne, in New Jersey. The strong foundation in education, his resilience and hard work puts Benjamin Jones on the list of influential artists of his time (Brownlee & Cassel,2008, p. 213). His motivation and determination have kept him going for more than four decades. The medium used in Jone’s pieces of art vary from time to time. Most of his artwork is mainly done using paint. It is his......

Words: 688 - Pages: 3

A Critical Analysis of the Life and Works of Fused Glass Artists Toots Zynsky and Klaus Moje

...I shall introduce the origins of fused glass art, detailing where and when Toots Zynsky and Klaus Moje appear in relation to the movement. I shall also introduce their contemporaries and discover how the artists have influenced (and been influenced by) their peers. Towards the end of the dissertation I intend to see what the future holds for the artists, their work and the artistic movement as a whole. My conclusions shall be based on what I have learned from this dissertation and how the artists have affected me on my journey. Fused Glass Origins There is some debate as to the true origins of fused glass art. According to the ancient-Roman historian Pliny in his book Historia Naturalis the process was invented accidentally around 5000 BC by Phoenician (Syrian) sailors: Once a ship belonging to some traders in natural soda put in here and... scattered along the shore to prepare a meal. Since, however, no stones suitable for supporting their cauldrons were forthcoming, they rested them on lumps of soda from their cargo. When these became heated and were completely mingled with the sand on the beach a strange translucent liquid flowed forth in the streams; and this, it is said, was the origin of glass. However, my belief is that although this a trustworthy recorded source, it was plainly an accident and not a contrived attempt to make art. With this in mind I would suggest that the true origins of producing glass as an art form began not with the Syrians but with the......

Words: 5512 - Pages: 23

Film streaming gratuit | Gold Rifle Shape Black Ink Ballpoint Pen Stationery Office Ball Point Novelty | Season 0 Episode 11 A Day in the Life