I had some difficulty with Idaho this week. It wasn’t easy to find artists to showcase – artists who fit the grid through which I look for 52 Fridays work. I look for art that I like. (always). I look for art that is representative of its locale. (sometimes). I have to look for art that has been photographed nicely, and of course, that is somewhere on the world wide web.
Idaho isn’t the first state that’s presented me with a bit of a challenge, but this is the first time I’ve shared it. I’m realizing the very limited nature of my endeavor. It’s wrapped up in this: if an artist is painting somewhere, and no one sees it, has she made art? Sara Tabbert took this thought a bit further when she mused about those artists around the world who work twelve hour days to provide for their families, who can’t afford traditional supplies, who live nowhere near a gallery, and who may only have their masterpiece in the mind’s eye.
I believe that of course, art is made despite the presence of an audience. I guess the same craggy terrain that keeps Idaho population in the lowest 5th percent of our nation must also hide some of the artists who are seeing, dreaming and making there. I only wish I were able to explore more deeply.
Don’t get me wrong… I’m pleased with the ten artists I’m able to introduce you to today. What do you respond to? Which are your favorites this week?
Well, there’s my own private Idaho, now shared with all of you! Next week, we visit the land of Lincoln and my birthplace – Illinois!