Who is an Artist
What are the characteristics that people use to determine whether one is an artist…or not? Education? Dedication to one's art? Does being an artist mean you're after some sort of pursuit of excellence with your chosen medium?
A dog named JoJo McGinnis collaborated with fellow creative, artist Marti McGinnis, to turn his very prolific output as an artist whose medium is metal sculpture using found objects into the collection depicted in this book.
Every evening while watching television, JoJo licks out a cat food can and then carefully, without one little mishap, crushes the thing using what he has - his teeth - forming it into a distinct work of art. "You can tell when he's done with a piece," McGinnis says, "when he flings it away with a quick toss of his burley head."
While he approaches his work with systematic craft, the art is revealed in the fact that no two finished works are ever alike. "There's amazing variety in his work." continues McGinnis. So she started saving his pieces, tossing one after another, night after night, into a shopping bag until it was brimming full. She came to notice when she laid them all out one day that the assortment before her made an interesting case for this dog as a genuine artist. "He's the real deal." asserts McGinnis.
This book makes the case for that. In doing so it also lays out an interesting argument for other "raw" or "outsider" artists and their work. Indeed, it sets a stage for anyone who's struggled with defining for themselves what makes art and who gets to be called an artist!
- JoJo's Artist's Statement
- Over 120 of his pieces - individually titled
- JoJo's guiding principles as an Artist
- Some of Marti's original cartoon illustrations of the Artist's Life
- 100 Words of Wisdom straight from this very enlightened canine
Who's The Artist?
Multi-faceted, Marti McGinnis blogs, paints, draws, writes poetic ditties and looks after a small zoo of creative individuals of varied species. See more at: www.happyart.com