Today I have been thinking about my art a lot. i believe that I have enough work to produce great art shows. possible three individual shows with three solid themes. I have all the art hung up in my home that Andrew and I live in. I find everything so beautiful and wonderful. I highly enjoy living amongst my own work.
The other night the met gala had a theme called 'The Catholic Imagination". Now I believe that every catholics is raised with a sense of artistic beauty and grandeur. I believe that this catholic sense is what partly drives my own body of work. Seeing celebrities parade around in this religious aesthetic reminds me of the Barouqe era. They are dressing in gold and elaborate eye catching styles so that they can visually declare to the public how much they(celebs) are gods and saints among us. looking at how beautiful they(celebs) looked at the catholic themed gala makes me see past their borrowed pomp and the illusion of importance. They want to remain relevant and are using art as a tool to show importance.
I asked Andy what he thought about the catholic aesthetic of beauty and gold, and he replied with "It's a trap"! I had such a laugh! I think that this is the protestant in him that said this. This is why I like Andy. He has lived a completely different life from me, and his way of thinking interests me a great deal. I am glad to have painted his portrait in what is undoubtedly of the Catholic Imagination. This painting is one of my favorites.