Yesterday I went with my friend Stu to the Matisse Cut Out Exhibition over at the Tate Modern. I havent been to the Tate in so long so it was lovely to take the stroll from Waterloo down the Southbank. The weather was excellent the company was great and we just spent a nice chilled out Monday.
I've been a big Matisse fan for a long time, and especially his cut out work. It's a brilliant retrospect of his later work, exploring just how creative you can be with paper, pins and some scissors. His work is extraordinary considering the circumstances he made them - For most of his later life he was confined to a wheelchair and made the majority of his work on his walls in his home. While some might dismiss his work as childish and amateur his work booms simplicity and beauty that is just hard to explain. The roughness, the undone the simple shapes on paper... it works. The show was wonderful and visual and just really interesting. Bold, subtle and incredible use for form and shape. While many dismiss modern art I feel like Matisse really set a benchmark of how simple form can be art. It captures the simplistic energy of a child in a way that I find hard to describe.
I went to art school and for years I struggled with making art. Art isnt a set thing, it cant be taught. It's something that is interpreted and developed differently. Ideas are formed by looking at shapes, brush strokes and medium. It's funny because what really is art? That's the great thing about art, is that it doesnt matter what others say. If it's visually stimulating and means something you then it's art. Enjoyment is the most important thing.