Becky Lee Long’s Artist Statement

“I am for an art that takes its form from the lines of life itself, that twists and extends and accumulates and spits and drips, and is heavy and coarse and blunt and sweet and stupid as life itself.” – Claes Oldenburg ‘61

I try to always take a realistic approach to art.  Graphic images can be extremely powerful and a clearly depicted subject is important for me.  Color and texture are the most significant tools an artist can use, and I always do.  I begin my works with basic ideas and concepts in mind. The way my work evolves from that original idea, however, is difficult to predict.

Too often artists attempt to out do one another by increasing the “wow factor” of their art.  This leaves the audience so over-stimulated that they usually have no reaction to the piece at all.  It becomes inaccessible.  While I do not agree that art should be watered-down for the masses, I also feel that art should not be so esoteric that it is created only for highly educated scholars.  My art is situated somewhere in the middle; presented to everyone, yet including clues and imagery only intellectuals of art history and visual culture will recognize.  Therefore learned viewers leave my art getting the “inside joke” that others may pass by.

The bottom line is that art must visually impact the audience.  There should not be a definitive, psychological meaning that is key to understanding artwork because everyone brings their own experiences, beliefs and thoughts when they stand before a work of art.  Also, the audience doesn’t necessarily have to like the piece in order for it to have an effect.  Everyone has his or her own opinion and they are entitled to such, but this opinion does not control our innate reaction to or relationship with art.