"Art can communicate ideas that can’t be constrained by words" January 24, 2014 An interesting article of what’s happening in Australia’s art world “http://artguide.com.au/articles-page/show/devol... « you're invited.... nature of language - jose parl… » Journal Comments annamora about 3 years ago many thanks for sharing this article :) Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch about 3 years ago Yes, thanks for sharing Zefira.Lots of meandering overviews and tangents in the article but nothing really enlightening (for me anyhowz) … Substantial parts noted were … *_According to Morton, “We’ve been insecure as a culture for a long time; it’s sort of written into our DNA.” As to why artists in particular may lack confidence, Morton points out that there is always the old centre/periphery thing. Like it or not, in terms of influence, we are still a small country a long way from the centres of the Western art world._…For many artists, making it on the global stage, or joining the international biennale or art-fair circuit, is still the ultimate goal, the marker of success. But as Morton says, “Insecurity comes when you feel you want to belong to a broader world but you don’t know how to do it.” But for him the global art scene is not the only destination. He believes that great work and creative satisfaction can come out of a dialogue with the local: art shaped by the cultural conditions of living in Australia. As he says, “There are works that evolve here that don’t happen anywhere else.”…Morton understands the value of Australian art, but as an educator he often finds himself having to justify, to various bureaucrats, why it is important. And this too explains some of our cultural insecurity. Morton recalls that when he was helping to develop the national cultural policy document that was led by former minister for the arts Simon Crean “no one else in the cabinet cared less. If the figureheads that are running the country don’t regard it as important, that filters down to the rest of the culture. There is no question then that there will be a collective insecurity about its value.”…Nevertheless, thousands of artists, curators, administrators, educators and writers in Australia (and millions around the world) believe so deeply in the importance of art that they dedicate their lives to it. Why? Well, here is the answer to that earlier question. We make art because art matters. … … regardless of the power and economic trippers in denial or who cared less, haha! Can you imagine a world where all artists go on strike and visual imagery whatever form, no longer exists?Yeah right … NOT EVER! World and humans would have to cease to exist.Had my (small) rant … lol Zefira about 3 years ago great rant Kerryn ;) You put it so well, thank you.