January 8, 2010
silly is as silly does
i'm one of those weird hybrid kind of people...well, maybe not so much hybrid but forced into a niche because i can't make a living (yet) on art. so i was taught from a very young age that i should have a profession to fall back on and then i could make art my hobby. i think my mom was this way too - she did the most beautiful crafts - ceramics, painting, handmaking barbie clothes, all of those sorts of things. but she never believed she was an 'artist' - she saw herself more as a copyist. (is that a word?)
over the past three years i've worked hard on developing my artistic side that i had repressed for a number of years. and now have been able to say, 'yes, i'm a photographer' without qualifying it. i'm sure many of you know what i'm talking about there.
at my old job, the owners wife was a painter so my artistic side (slightly wacky bohemian aspect of my nature - grin) was fully integrated and embraced. my office was a mini-art gallery and we would regularly discuss art in the break room.
here...well, so not the case. we are a serious government agency doing serious government work. my musical garland has hung in my office about a week now and everyone that comes by stops and stares. and then turns to me with a quizzical face - 'what is it?'
it's a garland - you know a decoration.
'but what does it do?'
nothing - it's just pretty.
'oh' and they vaguely nod their head.
i guess they don't 'get' my dinosaur robot or bendy alligator either. *shrugs* as ogden nash said, life is just not that serious.
scribbled by Char