Hey bloggers and miscellaneous web surfers, welcome to my blog. I’m a lover of drawing, painting, dancing, running, music, people, wine, yoga, sushi, lattes, beaches, pink, shopping, etc… If something’s fun and girly, you name it, I love it.
To put a more serious spin on some of my interests, this blog will serve as a critique on Western youth culture. Although millions of individuals (including myself) are completely submerged in the seemingly shallow, materialistic world of the young and privileged, there’s no harm in taking a step back and asking yourself why, and what could be done to challenge this?
As I’ve studied in the Media, Information, and Technoculture program alongside the Visual Art Studio program at Western University for the past three years, I’ve come to realize how both technology and art have an immense influence on my day-to-day life.
I’ve become very interested in the influence of the digital age on the emerging, young artists in the contemporary art world. Many arguments can be made on all aspects of this spectrum, from the potential of this time to vastly broaden accessibility to cultural forms online to the possible degradation of traditional forms of art making. Although digital creation has brought about incredible works of art in endless forms on various platforms, I think it’s important to remain engaged in conventional ways of creating art like drawing and painting.
Through a never-ending need to constantly be online, whether it is through reading blogs, browsing artist’s Instagram accounts, or watching YouTube videos, I’ve become captivated by niche spaces that exist online for artists to display, sell, share their works. While this world of online creative expression may be apparent to someone like me, who is interested in this, it may be invisible to the large majority. With 35 million out of 55 million Instagram photos posted daily being “selfies”, it’s apparent the kind of content that dominates this media sharing platform. In a sea of selfies, food porn, beach sunsets, lattes, and quick quotes, where has the creativity of photography gone as an art form? The most simplistic, superficial photos, stripped of any meaning or purpose, can be the posts that get the most attention.
What I hope to do here, is create a unique space online that speaks to traditional artforms with a 21st century Instagram inspired twist. In a critique of the redundancy of many social media networks, I will post works of art I create that are meant to look like a typical Instagram post. Completely taking away from the instantaneous aspect of this photo sharing platform, my works will have taken a great deal of time commitment and thought process. This blog will bring a unique perspective to the online art industry as well as the youth culture of online media sharing and pose as an exploration into the meaning, or lack there of, in people posting instant photos with “artistic” filters online for the gratification of others.