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What is The Muse Life?
The Muse Life is so many things and there really isn't one right answer. I just want everyone to enjoy the art that's around us every day. Museums, galleries, and performing arts aren't only for stuffy, old, rich people. Those stigmas are SO incorrect, though it's tough to see beyond them. I know how difficult it is to appreciate the arts when it's a fortune to get into these museums and performances. But if more of us spent our time at these places, we could change how our peers think about art, and truly make it accessible to anyone. Trust me, grab a friend and head to your local museum or check out a nearby historical site and you'll see how it's worth your time. I fully believe there's something out there for everyone.
If you're interested in learning more about why I created Muse Life, click here.
I'm trying to "embrace the art," where should I start?
Awesome question! First, you came to the right place and I'm so happy to bring the world another 'muser.' So, what's the deal with the art thing, why should you care? We, as humans, have been creating art for millennia, and for centuries it's been revered as an amazing and necessary part of cultures' existences. I'm not saying that less people like to make, view, and learn about art today, but I feel as though it's not as appreciated as it could be. Now, part of the problem, is that artists' lives have more often been lonely, desolate, and impoverished, so why bother continue the trend and clear torment it is on the creators? And, it is/was so expensive to produce that only the elite, aristocracy, or religious orders could afford these items. Unfortunately, we can't totally write off the rich for causing the problem — without their belief in the arts, the collections that have amassed across the world wouldn't exist, and regular people like you and me wouldn't have access to see so many amazing things.
Wow. Long answer to your simple question. So here's my advice. If you know what interests you, go out there and find the museums, galleries, or cultural centers that have it. Keep an eye open for new things, and plan a trip to go see some art in its "natural habitat." If you don't know what period, or art form is your 'thing,' what interests you? Architecture, sculpture, painting, ballet, contemporary art, ancient monuments? Honestly, you can "start" your Muse Life however you want. Believe it or not, you've already been living it.
Have a favorite movie scene, magazine ad, music composer? You're already a Muser and just need to go find more of the stuff you like. Have a crack at Google and see what that leads you to — there's bound to be something nearby. And along the way, poke your head into the other hallways and see what else is around the corner. Who knows, you might find out you love Hokusai block prints from Japan, or Kara Walkers' provocative statement silhouettes. Here's a truth — I used to think that I hated contemporary art and had no use for it. But then I learned about Sol LeWitt, Ai Weiwei, Igor Mitoraj, and so many others and had a whole new perspective on how to look at the world around me and the incredible contemplations contemporary artists have. We're all still learning here!
How do I know what I'm looking at, or what do I need to know in order to 'get' something I see?
Hey there! Click below for my Gallery FAQ for when you're ready to go off in search of some art.
Honestly, I think it's often more valuable to go in without prior knowledge. It's much more freeing to form your own opinions, discover the details yourself, and consider what's before you. When you go back to read about the artist and how the artwork was conceived, it's way more interesting. Rather than look at a completed crossword or puzzle, use your own imagination to figure out how something works or what it's meant to express.
Of course, at times it does help to have background information. Maybe you're going to a special exhibit and want to read about the artist beforehand — go for it! But here's the deal, there is no one way to look at an artwork. Seriously. Sure, maybe Michelangelo was feeling particularly daring when he sculpted The David, but he's been dead for a while and your fresh eyes see differently than everyone else's. Open them, and come up with your own idea of how the artwork in front of you came to be, what do you think the purpose was? I think art historians sometimes put too much emphasis on 'knowing' what an artist was thinking or the statement they were making with a particular artwork. Obviously, historical documents and circumstances can make it easy for us to assume why they depicted a certain subject, but we weren't there and we're assuming a lot because we often can't ask the artist themselves. So go use your amazing brain and create a story for yourself, check the facts later, and mash the history and your thoughts together for your own, individual understanding and enjoyment!
What if I have a question?
Of course! I'm so happy to answer questions and love to read comments/suggestions. Stay in touch with me here.