Being an artist is a scary thing to declare; it's
much easier being a plumber or engineer or doctor. Not in doing...but in
telling. Because when you say "I'm a plumber", everyone knows what you do. Same
with doctor, engineer or garbage man. Most know why you do it, probably how much
you make and where they stand with you.
But when you say "I
peoples minds go mad, they twirl and shake and tilt listlessly. You can see the
wonder in the air escaping their wordless lips , or on the ends of their hair.
You can watch their confused portraits and the way they shake trying to stand.
Still, the artist prevails.
Not all of us can say we are artists, forming something from nothing, sometimes
WITH nothing. The artists exhibited here are being artists. And we are proud to
tell the world of them and show their work.
If ever I can do anything for you, be of some use to
you, know that I am at your disposal. We are rather far apart, and we have
perhaps different views on some things; nevertheless, there may come an hour,
there may come a day, when we may be of service to one another...
Vincent Van Gogh, in letter to his brother Theo.
What is outsider