If It’s True That Art Reflects Life We’re in a Very Dark Place
If It’s True That Art Reflects Life We’re in a Very Dark Place by Daisy Luther – The Organic Prepper
Has anyone else noticed the need that ‘artists” have to be more and more outrageous lately? It seems like many people can’t be happy unless they are finding greater ways to shock and repulse others. This seems to especially apply to the art community. They say that “art reflects life” and if that is the case, we are really in a dark place.
I’ll give you some stomach-turning examples in a moment, but let me first bring this back to a child-rearing theory I have.
When you have children, you always want to make them happy and give them privileges and opportunities you may not have had. But if you make the mistake of constantly having to outdo yourself, you’ll end up with a greedy monster on your hands. If every Christmas must outdo the last to make a child happy, if every family vacation has to be bigger and better, if every birthday party has to be more outrageous, you’ll find that the recipient of all this bounty is less happy than other people. They’ll always be searching for that excitement and frankly, it’s just not how life works.
Bigger and better is not a sustainable life model. Eventually, the money will run out or the excitement factor will have to be so extreme that it won’t really be that much fun anymore. Everything after a certain point is just a letdown, and the person seeking that rush will often turn to more extreme and unhealthy choices to try and find a state of happiness that will always be brief and elusive.
So, that brings me back to our current societal situation.
I wrote a few weeks back about the signs of the end of an empire, and ever since then, I keep stumbling across more and more examples of this. This isn’t one for reading aloud around the family table. Assuming you do things like that with blog content.
Whose life does this art reflect?
Regular art that’s just pretty to look at will no longer make you famous, it seems. Gone are the days of Renoir and Matisse. To get your five minutes of fame, your medium must be something outrageous, stomach-turning, and/or revolting.
Maybe I just don’t understand art, but here are some examples of artistic expressions and crafts with a homemade touch that I’m not going to be purchasing anytime soon:
- This artist collected 200 gallons of her own pee and put it in a tank in an art gallery. She gets extra points for artistry when she pees in a bottle in front of spectators at the gallery.
- This feminist baker used her own vaginal yeast to make sourdough bread. And she live-tweeted the process. And she ate it.
- Speaking of vagina-related art, this woman stuffed yarn in her hoo-haw then knitted a superlong scarf from the yarn. Even when she was menstruating. And, she did it live and received massive acclaim for her artistry. She stated with surprise, “Intriguingly, most of the negative commentary came from people who presented as women…”
- I previously mentioned this chick who breastfed a puppy and fertilized an egg from another dog. She won a prestigious art award for it, too.
- Breast milk jewelry is a huge thing on Etsy and is probably the least weird thing on this entire list. Here’s an article about the trend.
- And don’t forget poop art. For some reason, it’s a thing to paint and sculpt with fecal matter. One “artist” won acclaim for turning random piles of dog poop into Donald Trump. Another guy donated a portrait of Trump painted in poop to an auction that sent girls to summer camp. And on the website, Fine Art America, there is an entire category dedicated to fecal art.
- This woman painted a fetus with her menstrual blood over 9 months. “My concept with this elimination of the ovum, through the menstrual blood I gave birth to an artwork during these nine months and actually I created a “start of the end”.”
What is this obsession with bodily fluids all about? FYI, it’s illegal to buy it on eBay. In case, for some reason this article inspired you to make your Christmas list.