To critique or not to critique that is the question!

IN My Opinion ( and I apologise now for the length of it – I usually do have LARGE opinion comments sorry!) ….. anyway in MY opinion there has been far too much molly coddling of people and their precious “Rights” - You have a right to do this, a right to say that, a right to have this, a right to be sheltered from that, a right to have rights!!!!

Take it back to the basics!
A baby & thus a person fundamentally has
- a right to a safe haven
- a right to water & nourishment
- a right to nurturing family love
- a right to healthy self development mind and body
- a right to express themselves without fear

Beyond that everything is a Privilege … a LUXURY! (yes even to drive!)
And as humans are a communal animal we compliment those rights with a list of duties

- a duty to look after yourself and not be a burden where you can
- a duty to be productive for the benefit of the community
- a duty to protect and promote positive well being
- a duty of care for the young ill injured weak and vulnerable
- a duty to be honourable & reasonable – also considerate, helpful, respectful, responsible, trustworthy, loyal, courageous, cheerful, thrifty & environmentally conscious!

In my opinion if you neglect the duty you lose the right … (criminals get it easy! – but that’s another tangent!)

There is always a choice – even to NOT make a choice is a choice
There is no such thing as a free lunch
and EVERYTHING has a consequence – be that negative or positive!

Now that the basics are laid the idea that speech is FREE really is a crock of ….. well ……
There are always consequences to what is said written or done or infact what is also NOT said written or done!

So Now add in the RING THEORY
3 consecutive rings representing every living thing with a conscious:

Center ring is our core self (spirit soul heart & mind)
understandings feelings thoughts ideas knowledge beliefs memories decisions dreams

Middle ring is our physical self (our skin representing the edge)
projecting image, actions & vocab and receiving knowledge through our senses & perceptions

Outer ring is our relationships (interaction with the people and the world around us)
the overlap of other outer rings and only to the accepted degree up to eachother’s inner ring “skin”

… therefore:
No one is responsible FOR anyone else! Only TO others
[yes even mothers! – there is a special bond as the child was once within the skin of the mother but never within the Core self of the mother!]
& you cannot MAKE anyone do anything they do not chose to do for themselves!

Ok THAT all said now to the issue of artists who CLAIM they Welcome Free speech and then
a) control that speech [by discounting what has been said]
b) complain about being given negative feedback

Frankly the person who opens themselves to critique must accept the credence of that critique in whatever form it comes – it is a critique of the product created NOT of the person who created it!

It is used in every walk of life forming and molding products of all kinds and aimed at improvements to the best example of description.

But of all the vocations in the world artists cop harsh critique every day in one form or another and usually from themselves!
Objecting to the critique by discounting or complaining just shows up their immaturity and their lack of intelligence

It takes immense amounts of courage to be an artist of any kind
♠ courage to challenge yourself to do the art better than you think you can
♠ courage to SHOW that work to another – immediately opening yourself to their critique
♠ courage to then ask for honest opinions
Once you have gotten that far don’t undermine yourself with suddenly sooking off!
Those that do shoot themselves in the foot and take themselves out of the running

Perhaps if more artists were less personal about their product then more critiques could be honest and maybe less offensive or substandard work would be produced

BUT having said that,
What gives any ONE of us the right to judge the standard of another’s creativity?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! and never more so than in ART!

Personally I have issues with many pieces that have been acclaimed Genius art! Picasso, some of the older repetitive Renaissance masters and even loads of the modern and POP artists, …. but that is MY preferences!

What would benefit us as artists, is to take a PROFESSIONAL approach to our finished products!
& remember It is our ART that is on show for critique NOT ourselves!

1 We have created something to the point that we feel confident to show others
2 If possible we can polish it up – taking from critique what better to fix up etc [for writers & film makers it is editing, photographers could crop or put some filter or wash or something over the shot, etc]
3 When we have done all we can do & decided it is “finished” then it is up to the popularity of the audience to decree it a successful piece or not
4 We as the creator then must move on and either create again of give it away – again our own choice & no one MADE us do anything!

Well that’s MY opinion; _WHAT SAY YOU?_

To critique or not to critique that is the question!


Frankston, Australia

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My good friend Sally Omar posted a JE about the problems of critiques & artists who welcome opinion only to delete comments conflicting their ideals and then write a JE proclaiming Free speech and omitting preferences for editorial control.
In other words “Sure say what you like provided I agree to it or like it otherwise shut your trap!”

What would you think?

Chookas! ♥

*Light in the Darkness Group May 09

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