” Outsider artist…”


I came across an article on twitter last night refering to ” outsider artists… ” When my  painting was displayed in the Whitworth gallery etc in 2000.. ( pic of section of it below… now reworked… ) this terminology was attached to me and I was left curious as to their perception of me and why this label had been attached to me…

I decided I’d give an insight.. from the ” outsider artist..  ” Why labels are attached is beyond me..  as each of us are individual with our own reality and lifepath journey..  we all have our own gifts and capability to reach our own full potential…

I’m mainly self tought in all my endeavours and my creativity and consider myself dedicated to my vocation… My circumstances led me to explore and exell in each creative inspiration with no price.. time or restriction put upon my gifts… My creativity was my saviour from “what is and what has been… ”

My apprenticeship has been over my lifetime hence there’s a variety of things I’ve undertaken aand mastered… I refused to be influenced by either other past artists and restrictions because of circumstance isolated me in a little world where there was little outside influence…

This mindset was nothing against other artists.. I wanted my own style.. my own stamp… My creativity was mine.. it allowed escape and healing and came from source.. within… I was aware  the pupose of my lifepath.. was only to “be ” and exell in my vocation… My creative realm is beauty and love.. a visual representation of my mind and  where I strive to be as a person… In my creative realm I could truly shine.. visually representing the person that I am inside… I’ve witnessed and been victim to harsh contrasts throughout my lifepath journey.. have felt the emotions.. the not wanting to wake up etc.. dark times that brought valuable lessons that I’m now thankful for… These lessons brought about the vision I have today.. the drive.. the empathy.. compassion and desire to bring change so I’m now thankful for the tools I have been given to achieve my life purpose…

As I grew in myself.. I became aware that my creativity has a bigger purpose.. to help bring about change and change awareness and perception of the judgemental system as it stands today… I will elaborate at some point.. when the stuff is done to back it.. as to where I plan to take all I’ve achieved so far…

If this makes me an ” outsider artist.. ” then I can only celebrate this terminology.. this label that is thrown about to try and pigeonhole individualism and self expression… All my works have reason.. a story  to tell.. a thought process as  a result of past life experiences.. a visualisation of myself.. of others that have crossed my lifepath and life experiences… 🙂

There’s only one  thing that is far more important than my creativty and that’s my family and the people I care about.. my vocation is secondary to them and their well being… 🙂

I feel blessed to be given such vision and to feel so rich in spirit.. I am blessed and the gratitude overwhelms… I endeavour to bring about my life purpose and on that note.. I’m off to do some more of my latest watercolour.. family stuff delayed me finishing it sooner… 🙂

Have a magical day/eve

Jen. xxx

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6 Responses to ” Outsider artist…”

  1. Nikki Rhodes says:

    Outsider art is the English translation of the French term Art Brut.

    Dubuffet characterized art brut as:

    “Those works created from solitude and from pure and authentic creative impulses – where the worries of competition, acclaim and social promotion do not interfere – are, because of these very facts, more precious than the productions of professionals. After a certain familiarity with these flourishings of an exalted feverishness, lived so fully and so intensely by their authors, we cannot avoid the feeling that in relation to these works, cultural art in its entirety appears to be the game of a futile society, a fallacious parade.”
    Dubuffet argued that ‘culture’, that is mainstream culture, managed to assimilate every new development in art, and by doing so took away whatever power it might have had. The result was to asphyxiate genuine expression. Art brut was his solution to this problem – only art brut was immune to the influences of culture, immune to being absorbed and assimilated, because the artists themselves were not willing or able to be assimilated.

    In other words, exactly what you do and who you are, and who we all are as artists when we begin, it’s a rare being though, who can hang on to that.

  2. unusual yet distinctive and stunning, interesting work Jennifer

  3. apenman says:

    Jen. Thank you for the visit my longtime friend. I hope you are in good heart and happy. Peace and love to you always. ♥♥

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