The Art of Curvism
December 5, 1999
I am an artist. I make art. The problem with being an artist who makes art is that nobody needs art; everyone can live without art. Consequently, there’s not a great demand for art. As an artist, I have nothing really to trade or barter with, unlike most people in society with their services or products. They usually trade for money and then buy services and products that they need. Quite often there are practical applications of art being of service to society. The world is full of commercial artists. They offer the kind of service and commodity that the commercial economic world can use: commercial art, designer art, pop art, and advertising art.
There is another art world out there involved with the economic commercial system. This world belongs to those with money. It is the world of stock portfolio art, collecting and trading. It usually involves people with wealth buying well-established art that has passed through many hands of other collectors and dealers. Art becomes a luxury only they can afford. It becomes a commodity that represents wealth. They can essentially spend millions of dollars on a worthless painting, which they do not really need, but because they can afford to pay millions of dollars for something that is worthless and useless, it proves to others how rich they are. Weird and strange, isn’t it?
I’ve never been drawn to commercial art and have never prioritized commercial success as an artist. So why have I spent so much time, money, and energy making art? Well, partly for the pure pleasure of it. Partly as therapy. Partly as a way to tell my story. Partly as a way to relay a message. And partly as a way to give the world a gift. Curvism is the avant-garde art of its time. It is a voice from the outside, in this case, a voice from the wilderness wanting to be heard. A voice asking for help. Curvism seeks help for the living planet and for fairness and justice for all living things on this planet. In a global world economy of capitalistic greed and competitive buying and selling, Curvism seeks to say that not everything is about money or the economy.
Cubism began the twentieth century. It is a male voice. I don’t want to live in the twentieth century any longer. I don’t want to live in a world dominated by the man-made worldview of science, technology, commerce, and capitalistic self-interest. It is a world of injustice and greed.
Curvism speaks in the female voice. The art and philosophy of Curvism is about relationships: the relationship between an individual and the spiritual, the individual to nature and the environment, and the individual to the community. I believe we can live in a world of love and that there are many lessons we can learn by listening to the female voice within ourselves. As an artist I want to be part of this movement of change. This is the reason that I am an artist. This is why I struggle. I believe that love will take care of me. I want to help make this world a better place to live for my children and grandchildren. I believe my art can help change the world. I know all of this sounds idealistic and grand and utopian. Well, I’m glad of it. Isn’t art supposed to be about vision, seeing the world clearly, and envisioning a better world? I’m still a dreamer. I’m still in love. I’m still traveling on this journey.