Blog: Does Art Matter Anymore?

Christine Alfery

Posted on July 20 2016

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The foundations I have and that I work with when I create a work of art are always challenging me. For example the notion of all art being subjective – as an expressionist I used to live and die by that notion, but lately I have noticed that the foundations that I was taught many years ago don’t work for me anymore. I ask myself why, I build from my history and values to try and figure out if art matters any more or not.

The notion of expressionism has changed for me, the word for me was once linked to independence and individualism. But individualism and the struggle by others to capture my soul my uniqueness and formulate it into their notion of selfness and subjectively have altered the notion of individualism as unique to individualism as anything goes – in particular the arts.

So I ask does art matter any more? Is art a relationship of power with others or is it something that transcends these relationships, is universal (color blind so to speak) and natural? Expressionism has become for me my uniqueness, my ability to do what comes naturally – what I see – to me, and my eternal hope and search for transcendence beyond the powers that try and subjugate my uniqueness.

The grids that are appearing in my work – represent this search – and represent subjectivity.

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