Here's a few words on Art.
According to Socrates Art is that which is there to make life more beautiful! A simplistic approach I believe. But art is also there to make you think, while I disapprove of "Shock Art" (Piss Christ by Andres Serrano a point in case), it does have its social criticism value.
As a young country the "Art Scene" is limited, we have a lot of "Artists" or as I like to call them Munificent Bull Shit Purveyors!
I find (and this is my opinion and not open to discussion) that a lot of our artists are copyists (although a lot of them do no realise it themselves). You look at their work and it is blatantly ripped-off from somewhere and someone. They immerse themselves in Art without realising that you do need to have a bit of a background in order to call yourself that.
I love the idea of the emerging Art-scene in Amman I liked it so much that I agreed to join a group of young designers/illustrators and more in a group effort called "Seams Like Art" The idea is a brilliant one, I submitted 3 Re-worked prints and a fabric painting Vintage and retro, and the other stuff was excellent it showed versatility and a wish for the alternative rather than the mundane, now whether it is to everyone's taste or not is up to debate, but it was different.
I hate the "Bored hausfrau" syndrome of O I am bored nothing to do so I take up painting and call myself an artist. This is an insult to those who are actually very talented and brilliant.
I try to be positive in my criticism and point out things but no nope never will they listen
So I still paint and draw and hopefully we will reach a point in this country where people actually appreciate the creations of the multitude of Artists we have in this town
An observation short and sweet
You scribbled a few lines
You became a writer.
You doodled and copied
You called yourself an artist.
You commented on a painting
You became an art critic.
You worked in an ad agency for a year
You became an Art director.
You went to beauty school for 6 months
You called yourself a professional make up artist.
You can rhyme
You think you are a rapper.
You shop a lot
Suddenly you are a stylist?
You sketched a dress and a dressmaker made it
Now you're a Fashion designer
You own a modelling agency
Suddenly you know about fashion.
You swear at Israel
Suddenly you are politically savvied.
You deny God
You are an Atheist.
You sold a piece of land and now have money
You think you have breeding!
You filmed 1 short badly done film
Now you are a film-maker
There is a word ALL of you should look up:
Dilettante (actually I will save you the trouble doubt you could even do that properly) here you go:
A person who claims an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge.
A person with an amateur interest in the arts.
Is it any wonder this beloved country of ours is going to hell in a basket so fast?????
These people who have no background are running around trying to tell those of us who do know how things should be
I am not interested in your opinion if you haven't researched and had experience, I don't give a damn what you think and what you feel if you have just discovered your moral and political compass a few nanoseconds ago.
Your ideas on a matter that I happen to know more about are of no import especially if you are not qualified either through age or experience to talk about.
So please Ammanis think before you speak, those of us who have been there to hell and back are really sick and tired of newbies trying to tell us how life is
Short and sweet of it: YOU* DO NOT KNOW A THING ABOUT LIFE AND PROFESSIONALISM UNTIL YOU HAVE LIVED ON YOUR OWN AWAY FROM DADDY AND MOMMY'S FINANCIAL AID
SO BUGGER OFF!
* By you I mean the spoilt entitled brats running around pretending to be intellectual and artsy! You know them, you have met them at nearly every gathering.