I’ve had a hang-up on this Bob Marley quote since I came over it the first time.
I don’t have education, I have inspiration.
As described in previous post, I have a sentimental (maybe fetish?) thing for Bob Marley. I used his songs as comfort when I was a child, they would suggest that things were not as complicated as the they seem and maybe life is easy.
I think the quote works good as a slogan for my investigation in working as an artist. An investigation that includes questioning:
- individualism + the old image of the artist as a tormented genius working alone
- intellectual interpreting of art
- the boundaries between design, art, craft, fashion
I questioned these things and wanted also engage my body and hands more in my practice. I thought of art forms I like that are occurring mainly outside of the contemporary art world. I started using:
- graffiti / tagging
- typography and caligraphy
- crochet & knit
- drypoint intaglio printing
Even though intaglio drypoint printing obviously is an accepted art form it to me has mainly connotations with old tradition and artists that worked before Romanticism in a more collectivist way. I enjoyed combining the aesthetic of the graffiti with the drypoint medium.
I have used ‘No education’ as a sample tagline for practicing typography/graffiti techniques.