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Re: [BKARTS] Survey - Artists as Essayists - can you suggest any?



----- Original Message ----- From: "Natalie Reid" <nataliereid_artist@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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Subject: Survey - Artists as Essayists - can you suggest any?



Hello All!


I am currently researching Artists who are also Essayists.  I would
appreciate any infomration you may have about the role essay writing may
have in your own work or other artists' essay you are familiar with.

If you would like to complete the five question survey below it would be
really appreciated.

Thanks.

Natalie Reid

*********************** Survey - Artists as Essayists *********************

1.Why do you think artists' write essays? Why do you as an artist write
essays?
I write essays about art, about philosophy and cultural issues.
Sometimes they are incorporated into a book or piece I am working on,
both as introductory essays and as content.
I write them because they lend context to the art, and vice versa.
Together they are synergistic. Art without a coherent world view is craft.
Artists who have not taken the time to codify their world view most often
have very little of interest to say; mostly they remain on the level of the
television sitcom, the absolute common cultural demoninator.
Many artists do write about issues that concern their work.
Often they are issues of legitimate concern, but just as often they are
little more than thinly disguised rationalizations aimed at the market place.



2.What is the connection between essay and art practice? Explanations, descriptions, context; and sometimes, as the art itself.


3.Why do contemporary artists' read essays? How important are they for you?
To know about the world, to satisfy a hunger for knowledge, to scratch
the persistent curiosity itch, to become informed on techinical matters
or matters of fashions and interests in the market place, to expand the world view,
to understand other humans and other cultures.
I read everything from tech manuals to physics, mathematics, logic,
philosophy, trashy novels, history, art related materials. Sometimes it
is in the form of essays, other times as books. Is a prose book a long essay?


4.How does the essay process assist you in the development of your own
artwork?  Or does it?
  Clarifying ones thoughts, ideas, goal, techniques and like art itself,
ultimately as a form of communication.

5.What contemporary artists' essays have you read that have inspired or
helped you as an artist? Why did you read it?
Edward Weston. Blake. Rimbaud. Bukowski. Vonnegut.
Reviews. Contemporary artists. Jeffers. Journals.
Listserves.
   Book artists, photographers, poets ; the forms of media expressing
the relationship of words to art, or the the word as art is almost endless
and any particualr focus must depend on the interests of the reader/artist.
 It would be a sad world if one size fit all.

Michael Andrews
Bombshelter Press



Thank you for your participation.  This information is being collected by
SCA Third Year student's studying Artists' Writings.
Do you give permission for other student's to read your responses?  YES / NO
Would you prefer to remain anonymous?  YES / NO
Please list any of your published essays and where copies be found.  The
title of the essay and the location of library or website?

***********End of Survey*****************

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