Reflections on Elephant Mountain

Artworks that have conquered a place in the front of the market, usually are created by peculiar characters. These artists don’t necessarily have to be extrovert characters, but in some way they are definited presented in society. They catch the eye by their behavior, their appearance, their statements or their secondary activities.
For example, at the art fair in Taiwan there was an artist who was dressed like a kind of Lolita doll. Whether intended or not, it helps with the sales. Another example; the initiator of the art fair, who is an artist himself, has his own temple and always has a group of worshipers walking behind him. That helps with the sales. There are artists who have a strong opinion. Sometimes stated in their art, but just as often simply as being an opinionated person in public. That helps too.

I slowly got the impression that when an artist is liked, or is interesting as a person, people actually want to buy ‘a piece of the artist’. That makes sense if sometimes you can’t understand why specific art (let’s call it ‘difficult’ art) sells anyway. Maybe these customers don’t buy art, but literally want to have a piece of the creator.
What I do understand (and what I always knew, but just wasn’t willing to accept) is that the artist is part of his art.

In my early painting days I didn’t want to write an explanation about my works. I was convinced that a good artwork could speak for itself. And let’s be honest; while I was younger logically I had less to tell. I had fewer nuances. The less experience in life, the less variety in colors (and I don’t mean that literally – I mean the more black&white you still are).
Becoming aware of that fact I was wondering if my art was maybe not more than just decoration, instead of a meaningful piece …

Does that mean young artist can’t make art, but just decoration?
No. There are thousands ways to create art. This story is just my way of finding the right ingredient for my works. [/disclaimer] 😉

While working on the series intentioned for Taiwan, I spent a considerable amount of time to the interpretation of my works. I had to pencil it down, because it was a serious request of the organizers.
To my surprise my added stories were enormously valued by the viewers. They were instantly touched and it started conversations, both with me and with the viewers among themselves. And specifically these conversations are upgrading a piece from just a decoration to an artwork.
I realized that adding these written meanings to my paintings I offered a piece of myself.
And guess what? It has helped with the sales.

Maybe my vlogs could be used as a contemporary way to give something of myself?