Friday, 10 December 2010

Biennial Overview

Friday, 10 December 2010

Experiencing my first Biennial in Liverpool has overall been a positive experience. It's made me ask questions about myself such as would I ever want to create work like this and have it in this type of environment?
I feel that the Liverpool Biennial has had a positive impact on the city overall in that it's encouraging people in Liverpool to see art they otherwise might not have gone to see, art that's local and accessible to everyone.

It’s interesting to hear from artists first hand what their inspiration was behind their work and how it was created. It’s nice to listen to people who are recognised worldwide in the field of Fine Art and see that you can be successful.

On the other hand it’s also made me think about the type of audience you get when you’re viewing work in the Biennial. I often saw people questioning whether the pieces they were looking at was art, and I guess that’s all down to personal opinion. At first I was questioning whether this art was only really appreciated by artists because they have the most open mind, and whether I wanted my work to be appreciated and seen by a wider audience rather than just practicing artists.

I like that the work in Biennials helps promote communication between different countries, and it’s been eye opening to see the work produced from other artists of varying cultures, but I don’t think I could see at this point my work being in that type of environment. Somehow it feels as if my work belongs elsewhere, small places, on a wall in a house, or online, it’s hard to see my work in such a big event, hard to see myself being picked for such an event as big as the Biennial.

The other day I was looking on our fridge and saw the rules of a drinking game we played once, and remembered how I didn't want to play so that I didn't make a fool out of myself. It was then that I thought to myself, why do I always do that? Why do I never think, I could do that, I could achieve that. It's funny that something so silly as a drinking game told me that pretty much my whole life I've been settling for second best, never really aiming for the highest I can go. But really really thinking about it, would I want my work in the Biennial? I'm going to have to say no, although it's probably still a confidence thing.

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