Focus on the Positive In Your Life

Jim Bowser, Jr. states, “Our journey through life is filled with many opportunities, challenges and obstacles. Although the road may be difficult at times, remain true to your dreams and passions – most important of all maintain your inner strength and compass. The poem ‘If’ by British Nobel Laureate, Rudyard Kipling, written in 1895, has served me well!”

If you can keep your head when all about you

When all are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream-and not make dreams your master;

If you can think-and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with Kings-nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it

And which is more, you’ll be a Man, my son.

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Meet the Artists – Nancy Ori

With this posting we end our look at artist statements. Writing an artist statement is not a one-time exercise. Yes, an artist should have one that speaks to the body of work in general, but for each exhibit, a specific artist statement must be crafted. It needs to be addressed to the theme of the exhibit and to the work(s) submitted.

What stands out in the copy from these 6 artists is the clarity in which they expressed the ideas behind their works, tying it into the exhibit’s theme. Some talked a bit about their background, some about the works themselves, all discussed how the theme influenced the creation and/or selection of their specific pieces.

However, an artist statement need not explain the works, but what it says should be intelligent enough for the reader, who then views the artwork, to get to know the artist and her/his creative inclinations. And yes, there is room for writing one that is either funny or a rant on something. But, it too, must be clearly written with an end in mind. Some of my favorite statements had me laughing as I viewed the artist’s pieces, others added a thoughtful dimension to the theme. It’s the ones that sound like an alien from another planet wrote it, leaving me scratching my head, that not a good statement makes!

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