Sunday, October 22, 2006

who say's?

So I am here because I am compelled to the page by Judith Scott, a 55 year woman, deaf, dumb and with Down’s Syndrome – an artist - a sculpture. Her work is describe as “totally non-functional objects” – I wanted to laugh when I read this – this “intellectualization” of the art she creates.

“the notion of sculpture is far beyond Judith’s understanding..”

“Judith possesses no concept of art, no understanding of its meaning or function.”

“she does not know she is an artist”

“she is not concerned with the making of art nor does she understand that her “objects” are perceived as art…”

“what then is she doing…?” (this is a question?)

“is is possible that she is obsessively involved in an activity that is without meaning?”

“does serious mental retardation invariably preclude the creation of true works of art?”

“Is it plausible to imagine an artist of stature emerging in the context of massively impaired intellectual development?” (this is a question?)

those who do not avow they are swallowed, transported, taken, knowingly or otherwise to some other layer of time and space while they work – that they create what they do not understand - are not artist's but technicians