Work, Play and Art – Day 12

[Today’s featured artwork for Day 12 of the 365 Days Project is by Ginger Ertz.]

Chenille artwork by Ginger Ertz
“Docking” by Ginger Ertz. ©Ginger Ertz. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Navigating the crossroads between work and play in art.

#12 – Art is Serious Work. And Play.

Regardless of how much it looks like play, when I’m in my studio, I’m seriously working. No one ever believes that because it’s an act that’s focused on process rather than product which is difficult to quantify in capitalistic terms. It also requires an almost childish curiosity to approach the world with a creative mind and to push the boundaries of one’s materials and talent.

This does not mean that it all comes easily. It takes years to research and develop and hone the techniques that go into a great work of art. An artistic practice is like any other practice: you perfect your talent a bit every day and even after many years, you are always learning something new.

Even after 20 years, when I’m in my studio I’m still a kid in ripped jeans and a t-shirt. Seriously working.

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
Pablo Picasso

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Chenille artwork by Ginger Ertz
“Discomedusa 1” by Ginger Ertz. ©Ginger Ertz. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Ginger Ertz’s artwork can be viewed at: Ginger Ertz

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Descriptions of the images included in this post:

Ginger Ertz, New York, USA
Chenille stems

Discomedusa 1
Ginger Ertz, New York, USA
Chenille stems

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