So today, while painting on my own, I thought I would listen to a few artists on Youtube. As an artist I always want to know what's going on out there and try to get in the mind of those who have 'made it' in the art world.
Right now my favorite artist, especially to listen to, is Grayson Perry. Winner of the famous/infamous Turner prize, potter par excellence and many other arty/crafty things. He is the only potter to win the Turner prize, by the way.
I went through three videos of him either in his studio, talking at some art college or being interviewed on television. The last one I watched was a part of a series called... In confidence. He was utterly brilliant on all of them and an inspiration. No high brow, bullshitting or 'look at me I'm famous' just an ordinary guy telling it as it is. His pots can be controversial and humorous, but always brilliant. He is now making tapestries relating to today's society. All very intellectually resplendent!
Then I spotted the same program (In confidence) featuring Tracy Emin. Now those who know me well know what I think about her and her art.... but I thought 'let me give her a chance and see what comes out of her this time! I really started listening with an open mind and ear...
But...... oh dear oh dear... The first fifteen minutes of her interview I did not hear a word about art...instead the usual drivel of how many abortions she had. It went on (cause I was determined not to let prejudice overcome me) about how she got raped, how all the critics hate her, how she was abused... oh, and how she is more intelligent than many of us!!!
By the way, can please someone tell me how she was made 'professor of drawing' at the RA?
Waiting to hear from you all !!!!