Time flies by pretty quick, doesn’t it. 3 weeks left.
I think one of the things that is important to me is just being able to find a way to express what I’m thinking, what I’m feeling. That’s why I think art is so crucial to me. I know it’s important to me.
On this website, are some of projects that I’ve called my portfolio. It’s a collection of all the things that I think I’ve done pretty good on. But some part of me, it makes me doubt that it was really my own kind of art that I was making.
A lot of the work that I made, mostly on landscapes, it felt like a sort of show that I was putting up so that everyone could see that I really was an artist, capable of making beautiful things. But the more that I started to photograph in the way that tried to please others, I always left the studio disappointed. I left the studio thinking that I needed to make work that really impressed people!
I kept trying to pursue photography because that’s what everyone knew me as, that they only saw me as Josh the photographer. And while it isn’t a bad title, I felt like I was a lot more than that. That’s why I wanted to do calligraphy, calligraphy was another way that I try and express what I was thinking. I think it’s because I’m much more tied to writing, as an art, than the visual arts; at least for now.
If you’ve ever gotten a wonderfully hand-written letter, and I’m using wonderful in a loose sense of not being particularly pretty or visually appealing but in the sense of content and genuine writing, then it’s practically irreplaceable. However, I know my hand-writing is pretty bad so I decided to make it better. I wanted to try and give other people that chance of discovery and realize that good handwriting is freaking amazing.
I have the opportunity to write more and more as I will be separated from my usual modes of communication, e.g. Twitter, FaceBook, KakaoTalk, and so on. Having more time to spend on strictly writing, while I am full disconnected from the world will only allow me to grow as an artist, as a calligrapher, as someone who specifically wants to express his words in a way that is both visually AND contextually appealing.