EggBot Changed my Thoughts on Fine Art.
My art over the past year has largely consisted of drawing, dying and painting on eggshell. I primarily work on goose eggs carefully measuring out each line and section of the shell so that I can draw-in further detail. One day I was playing around on facebook, and this “Eggbot” popped up.
At first, I thought it was a joke. Really? An Eggbot? No one would make that.
Not a joke; it’s real. The Eggbot gets hooked up to your computer and you can program it to draw perfect patterns and designs the same way- every time. This got me thinking.
My goal up to this point has always been to make all my lines perfect, even, balanced.
I was very disappointed with my markings on this egg because I felt that each line was imperfect in some way and that, unless I became more precise in my measurements, I would produce ugly art.
My design on this egg changed quite a bit from the sketch to the finished product but my line of thought was the same. In my mind, this egg wasn’t good enough. I kept focusing on the crooked yellow borders and the irregularity in my outlines.
No one will accept this as fine art; it’s irregular and inconsistent. Not good enough.
Then I saw these eggs made by the Eggbot.
Both eggs are technically perfect. Every line is spaced correctly and the pattern is precise and yet when I saw these eggs I thought-
No one will accept this as fine art;they are too regular and perfect. Not good enough.
Kind of ironic right?
What I realized about my perspective on art is that it is the emotion and the meaning behind the art that commands attention, interest and curiosity. When a machine prints perfect patterns on a shell there is no emotion and so, how can it be fine art?
In a small way I look at the mistakes and irregularities in my artwork with a new light. I no longer have the mindset that I am ruining a drawing or an egg shell every time I draw a line that is off by a millimeter. It’s okay because the meaning of what I’m doing is still there.
Maybe someday I’ll be so good at drawing and painting that I’ll practically become an Eggbot in the technical aspect. But in the artistic one, I am no longer striving for perfection.