Is it the artist born just a little off center,
or is it the persuit of art that takes him there?
We are not off center.
It's the rest of the world that's screwed-up.
Why does the artist have to be "off center"?
I know artists, I find them to be lovely people. Or, maybe I'm just crazy and their behavior pales in comparison?
Why do you assume that Michael meant "off-center" to be a slur? Knowing him, I doubt that was his intent...
Not all society.......Religion dictates the fearful way we live....The non-religious are more capable of understanding different because most of us are different.... The rest want us all in a secure moral little cocoon....Thats the way I see it. Some in the cocoon are able to create art, but most artists see & live inside & outside the box/circle/cocoon (what-ever you want to call it) where there is much more room to create.
Maybe your clinicians have pushed you to far inside.....ask them if they can somehow open it up for you a little if you are not content.... I think all humans are crazy esp. religious ones because they push humanity to guide itself further & further away from it's own true nature...
Take it from someone who was kicked out of Atlantis for using words they could not bear to hear.....You get kicked out of the sea. kicked around on land, & look toward the sky as if something there might be more welcoming......friendly mars men? I doubt...
I had the pleasure of attending ArtPrize in Grand Rapids last fall. If you're not familiar with it, it is a competion open to all artists world wide, with nice cash prizes voted on by attendees. There was every type of art there one can imagine and a lot that only the artist could have imagined. To say the least it was incredible and a bit overwhelmimg to be a part of such creativity. The vision of some people is absolutely astonishing. Being a photographer and painter I appreciate all art, even some I don't quite understand. I had that experience with a very special person, an artist herself who defies description in normal everyday terms.
L. J. desribed us artists better than I've ever heard.....we see differently, we feel differently, we live a little differently. We sometimes appreciate differently. We sometimes hide behind what we do letting our art speak for us.
All I know is that I'm a bit off center, and I don't know my butt from page 5 when it comes to art.
A lot of what I see I refer to as "fart art".
Paint by number, and Elvis on black velvet, and dogs playing cards, are all my idea of good art.