We started this blog as a way to increase visibility for artists who are underrepresented in the art world. We believe that all artists deserve to have a voice and should be recognized for their talent regardless of their level of art education or financial privilege.
This blog was created in hopes of reaching all kinds of people, whether you are a professional artist or someone interested in learning more about art. We like to showcase the work of artists who are doing things a bit differently than the so-called mainstream. The art featured on our blog ranges from castles made of recycled bottles and objects to intricate and beautiful drawings.
We believe that art should be accessible. We are not here to critique or write lengthy academic discourses. Although we are interested in those areas of discussion, we believe that there are already many people successfully writing from that perspective, and therefore we are simply here to celebrate art and let it speak for itself.
Below are examples of topics featured in our posts:
- Studio art programs supporting neurodiverse artists
- Artists working with non-traditional materials, such as toothpicks, bottle caps, fabric, or recyclables
- Unusual places and architecture, such as houses made out of bottles or mosaic sculpture gardens
- Art by self-taught artists
We have included a few key terms used on this blog:
Self-taught artist/art: Self-taught art may refer to an individual who has an awareness of mainstream culture, but may not have professional art training. They may have training in other areas but taught themselves how to draw, paint, or sculpt.
Art Environment: Art Environments range from houses made with unusual materials to eccentric sculpture gardens. Many of the artists use discarded objects and found materials to create their environments. Well-known examples of art environments include Simon Rodia’s Watts Tower, Tom Every’s Forevertron, and Nek Chand’s Rock Garden of Chandigarh.
Outsider art: We find this term to be controversial and try to avoid using it. But it is important to acknowledge the term. Outsider art refers to artists who are working outside of the mainstream art world with little or no formal training. One important distinction is that many of the artists create their work without concern for whether or not they have a public audience.
In some cases, it can be a spiritual calling or obsessive desire. Many of these artists are beginning to gain well-deserved recognition in the mainstream art world. However, as this continues, the term “outsider art” is becoming controversial or perhaps obsolete. Some prefer to use the terms: self-taught art, visionary art, or non-traditional art instead. Examples of well-known outsider artists include Henry Darger, Lee Godie, and Martín Ramírez.