TASK: Write a short blog of how what inspired you most today, or what moment you felt was most illuminating, or what you enjoyed most about today.
Anyone who knows me knows well that I am not a big art fan. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s beautiful, interesting to look at and I have great respect for the talented people who create these pieces; art is just not something I go crazy for. I still stand by this opinion but I can still appreciate the works I see.
That being said, I was in awe of Blake’s illustrations of the Book of Job in the Art Gallery. I am not an artistic person in any sense – I don’t have an artistic bone in my body – but my jaw almost dropped when I saw these plates. The detail and intricacies of the plates are extraordinary and the time and effort it must have taken to complete these is astounding. The illustrations are incredible and so vividly portray Job’s story and the relationships he has with God and Satan and with Heaven and Hell. I couldn’t help but stare at the images and feel such sorrow, hopelessness and fatigue then such joy and faith when going through each part of the story, much like I imagine how Job felt when undertaking his arduous journey. I was so enraptured with the plates and the story they told that that night, I took out my phone and showed my mum the photos I had taken of the plates and started, very enthusiastically, telling her all about the work Blake had done on them and started analysing and interpreting them for her right then and there. Mind you, she just sat there looking bemused at me but still listening to me, I believe!
Something else briefly that just caught my eye in Brett Whiteley’s studio was upstairs around the corner on the landing. On the wall were all these quotes by various people that Brett Whiteley put into his work and, I daresay, was influenced by. It was really amusing to just stand there for a few minutes and take them all in: some of them were just plain funny, some inspiring, some thought-provoking and some contemplative.
For someone who doesn’t thrive on art and doesn’t actively seek it out, I was surprised at how much I actually really enjoyed today and at how much I took away from today. I would highly recommend Brett Whiteley’s studio to anyone who might be wanting a different type of art and a different perspective on life!