“My art keeps me sane”
This is my favourite line from David Cronenberg’s film, Scanners.
I’m something of a renaissance man myself, what with my web design, blogging, and home tattooing. Actually this is a lie; I’m a total philistine – but I do like the idea of being an aesthete individual. When I was a teenager I was very “arty”, but I became a cynic in my early twenties and gave up my doodling.
Before that though, I did an Art A ‘level – I enjoyed going to life drawing classes (and not just for the female nudity on display!). And I also used to make stuff out of clay. Once I made an ashtray of a gargoyle, holding open it’s enlarged vagina. I gave it to my mother as a gift. She still has it to this day (even though she’s never actually smoked in her life).
Then at university I had aspirations to be an author. The only trouble is, writing a book takes true skill and dedication (neither of which I have). I still would like to write an non-fiction book about the Bedlam mental hospital one day – I’m sure that’ll be a bestseller.
Then on to film directing. I made the video above while I was at university (the second time round), but I didn’t get a good mark for it.
The only thing I’ve never really tried is making music. I did buy a guitar once, but I couldn’t tune the bloody thing so I ended up selling it at a car boot sale.
Recently though I’ve had a bit of a re-think. I’d like to be creative again – but as a hobby – and just for the fun of it…
I might take up knitting and make some really funky jumpers or something…