Having the freedom to make bad art

23 03 2013

A while ago I was talking to a friend about my art making ‘therapy’, who had incidentally also been playing in the studio, experimenting with painting and mixed media just for the sake of it. We were discussing how this form of making is very cathartic as it takes the pressure off the production process. Therapy work is often made by artists and it is usually work that is not made for the public domain.

Bad art logo surrounded by elegant polar bear blanket - gift from grandma

Bad art logo surrounded by elegant polar bear blanket – gift from grandma

Quite often this type of work is considered ‘bad art’ as catharsis is not a quality valued in serious art, hence the reason it is usually work that is made just for the artist’s benefit.

My friend told me the great story about how she had gone as far as creating a separate mark for this type of work, stamping it as ‘bad art’ and thus letting go of the pressure of the work being serious. I thought this was a fantastic idea and have started to incorporate this symbol in all my self-proclaimed ‘bad art’.

The mark of bad art: M.A.A

The mark of bad art: M.A.A

This symbol is composed of my initials T, M, B, and also features the initials M, A, A which stands for ‘middle aged anarchist’, a joke nickname given to me by friends a couple of years ago.

So, if any time in the future you happen upon my work and it has this symbol, you can be guaranteed that it is bona fide ‘bad art’.

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