The art world is elitist. It is exclusionary and can make people feel like they don't 'get' art and can't enjoy it. I hate that! Everyone should be able to enjoy art and be moved by it, art makes me feel calm, happy, excited, angry, sad, inspired...all the emotions! Within 'the arts' inclusion is evident - to an extent - however visual art is the most exclusive. With this piece of work I want to make something that is visually appealing, that makes a beautiful piece; BUT that can only be fully understood by those who can't see it, those who can read it instead.
For the content of the piece I was looking at the things society so often tells us to see as our 'flaws'. I believe that those flaws are what make us interesting...what make us unique. If my front tooth was totally straight, if I didn't cry so much, if I was more rational I wouldn't be ME. So how can those things be flaws? I asked people to tell me the things they liked the least and most about themselves and that is what I have written into the tags (although of course, if you can read this, you already know that). These tags speak of inclusion and acceptance - something I truly believe the art work is lacking.
I want to make the art world a better place. A place where everyone is welcome and can relax. This is my first, tiny, tentative step in that direction.