Saturday, March 01, 2008

Judge not (unless you're invited to)

Last Wednesday, I had the honor of being one of three judges for the Second Annual Community Advisory Committee Art Competition (BALANCE4Kids Art Exhibition)!

There were close to 50 pieces of original art by children across the county. When asked by someone how I could judge art, my reply was, "It's impossible."

It's funny. I was actually asked this question by several people. It told me a little bit about them (oh, the irony), and of course, I can sympathize: who likes to be judged? And how does one decide whether a work of art is "better" than another?

Like I said, it's impossible.

It's arbitrary. It's based on biases. It's purely an opinion.

History has proved over and over again that it's more important to follow your passion than worry about what other people think of what you're doing and who you are. Heck, add yourself to that list: it doesn't matter how you might judge or criticize yourself for what you're doing, either. What's important is that you do what you love; in essence, be true to yourself.

The art show was filled with wonderful, unpretentious work that I found inspiring and admirable. My fellow judges and I agreed that it would be a difficult decision, and we did our best to put aside our personal prejudices to see the art for what it was: beautiful creativity.

I may have had to make a decision, but before I did, all I could do was smile.

Invite Beauty,

I.
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