How can Andy Warhol paint a Campbell’s can of soup and become extremely famous? Or how can that guy splatter paint and make millions? It’s crazy that people will buy ‘art’ for thousands of dollars. Now, I am not trying to offend you if art is an interest of yours, I just never got it. Until I realized that art is not what I thought it was.
If you had to define art, how would you define it? Painting, sculpture, maybe designing something?
But what I have learned is that everyone can make it. I learned this when I was 2 years old. Flashback: Every Christmas since before I can remember, our family always had Christmas cookie baking day. I never believed in staying in the lines of any activity. I would take all the dough and make it different colors and make crazy shapes. I remember one distinct time, when I was 2 years old my mom told me, “Alexa, you’re an artist!” Artist? Really mom?
As I grew up my dreams of becoming an artist were crushed because apparently you’re no good if you can’t draw or paint. Anyway, it took me awhile to realize that art cannot be defined. It is anything we want it to be. It is formulating your creativity.
It is hard to think of yourself as an ‘artist’ if you have been told your whole life that you aren’t good at art. But I challenge you to redefine what art is. I spent my whole life comparing myself to other painters and drawers feeling like I could never measure up. I am now learning how to refocus on what I enjoy doing and learning about new forms of expression and making that my art.
Figure out what your love and make that your art. Because art is just your heart’s expression.
This blog was written by our design intern, Alexa Verroi. Alexa is a student at the University of Alabama majoring in Advertising, minoring in Art. In her free time she likes to cook, watch Family Guy, and visit lobby.