E. Mur Sherman Hayman

 

DESIDERATUM (The Artist’s Life, in Three Parts)

What drives artists to create art? What drives artists to continue to create art, regardless of the mostly non-linear trajectory of an art career, erratic sales, lackluster reviews, lack of public interest, or lack of means…….?

DESIDERATUM (Latin for something both needed and wanted; something desired as essential) is a 3-part project that investigates different aspects of the artist’s life through text-centric, visually compelling mixed-media wall pieces.

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I. ARTICULATION (Making Art Is……) - ‘articulation’ means not only ‘giving expression’ but also implies a ‘joining’ or ‘connection’. Artists were asked to provide one-word descriptions of their time in the studio.

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II. ARTFUL (Ars Longa, Vita Brevis)- suggests ‘crafty’ and ‘tricky’, and also ‘resourceful’ and ‘talented’. This section references early American stitched samplers; artists were requested to add to my own list of quotes, poetry, or adages that influenced them to become, and remain, artists.

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III. ARTSPEAK (The Dogs Bark…..) - refers to ‘International Art English’, according to an essay by Alix Rule and David Levine. New York art critic Ben Davis has described this lexicon as “a linguistically meaningless jumble of buzzwords.” These panels and canvases highlight words and phrases from artist statements, art PR, and art critics.

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