An artist’s statement

The video above is well worth watching even if you know nothing about art.
Even if you hate art.
In fact, it will probably entertain you more if you fall into the latter category and argue, quite plausibly, of the genre’s pretentiousness.

However, what I like about the video by the self-questioning ‘artist’, Charlotte Young, is how its focus on the discrepancy between what we say and what we actually mean. It highlights language’s power to disguise our meanings and intent, rather than just sentimentalise and “make pretty”. The video is both the wordy and self-congratulary curriculum vitae in action, in addition to the overly smooth interviewee. It is the “second person” in all of us – the one with the fake smile.

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