Naked in the Art World?

This thought occurred to me today as I prepared to leave the house without a coat after days of shivering weather. Confidently leaving to walk the dogs, after hearing the predicted temperatures, I felt safely warmed by the afternoon sun.

It’s pretty simple. If it’s cold, you swaddle in the appropriate outerwear and you are protected from the elements. When the air warms, you can cast aside your winter armor and allow you skin to be exposed.

Wish I had an equivalent gauge to monitor my personal exposure through my art. As an artist how do you know when it is safe to expose yourself?

While he was getting an autograph from “neo-pop” artist Rob Pruitt as he sat naked for a public book signing. Jerry Saltz is quoted saying: “I’ve always thought art is a way for artists to dance naked in public.”

I’m not ready to dance naked, but realize by blogging, making and exhibiting art , I am visible. I like to think I’m uncovered, but not unprotected.

These two pieces below can be seen at the Kreft Juried Exhibit
“Mirror Images: Reflections on/of the Arts.” The exhibit will be up March 6 to April 4 2012. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Friday: 12–4 pm and Saturday/Sunday: 1–5 pm

Reception and gallery talk Fri, March 23, 7–9pm “How does art reflect the world live in, what kind of image?”

I’d love to know what other people think!

About Babs

I'm a narrative sculptor navigating her way through the ever-changing currents in what feels like an art ocean. Whether appreciating the calm rhythm of calls for art and exhibiting, or waiting to catch a big wave of inspiration to take me to the top. I just love being in the water. Formerly a pickle packer, theater major, crisis counselor and occupational therapist with a BA in Communications and a BS in Occupational Therapy, only to discover I've always been an artist. My work grows from a strong connection to people and a passion for discovering the beauty in ordinary things. I sculpt figuratively in clay, utilizing the female form and women’s themes. Frequently my inspiration is drawn from childhood memories and my own short poems. Like each of us as humans every work is uniquely influenced by the past and present and has a narrative.
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