Thoughts on art criticism (part 1).

After receiving an email from an art historian/curator criticizing my work, I felt the desire to write a series on art criticism.

..a series because my "official" opinion is still in the process of being formed. ;)

As of today, here are my thoughts/questions:


For me, art is an entirely subjective and personal journey. I set no expectations or boundaries around my work. It is my time to let go and not think, to just feel and make marks.

Because of this, I tend to view criticism (in my case) as irrelevant. I realize this as my truth, in this moment. I'm sure as I continue to create and learn this may change.

But I wonder what place criticism has in work like mine—highly personal, expressive, non-technical..

How can someone criticize what is purely a personal expression?


I am replying to this woman with my thoughts and questions, and look forward to hearing what she has to say. I'll report back as I delve into this topic further!

What do you think? Is art criticism relevant and necessary? Can it be harmful? Is it circumstantial? Share in the comments below or email me amanda@amandasandlin.com!

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