We had our school Art Show during the week and I popped in to view the HSC (Higher School Certificate) Major Works.
There was a wonderful array of art utilising a variety of media from painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, installation and pencil.
Accompanying each body of Major Work was a brief statement by the artist, explaining the purpose and intention behind the piece. Some statements were fluid pieces of prose, capturing the essence and beauty of the work in a brief paragraph.
And then there was one statement that struck me.
The statement did not explain or describe the artwork. The artist put forward the idea that the expression in the art work was an expression of what was in his head. It was the equivalent of shrugging one’s shoulders and saying, “Just because.”
And I love that idea.
Sometimes we want to explain our idea, describe the beauty of our creative work, wax lyrical on the deconstructivist, post-modern interpretation of Freud’s analysis in the subliminal metaphors of our work.
Our words, pictures, music, film or art does not always require an explanation or a reason for being. We do it for no deep philosophical reason or existential afterthought.
Sometimes, we created a piece of art, “Just because.”