Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and in the spirit of this day of love, we’re going to talk with our very own public programs assistant Courtney McClellan. Courtney works at the Museum by day, but she’s also an artist. She’s going to share what she loves about making art and how working at a Museum has changed her perspective…
I love making art because I enjoy envisioning a project and then making it come to life. I really enjoy the moment right before I begin. In that second, I dream about what I will create. I think about what it will look like, what it will mean to me and what it might mean to other people.
Then, as I am working on the piece of art it teaches me things. It teaches me patience and understanding. It tells me to slow down sometimes, and other times, I learn it is ok not to always be so careful. Sometimes it makes me feel proud and other times it reminds me that things can’t always go my way, and that’s ok.
After working at an art museum I have learned about all of the important things that happen after a work of art is finished. I love the moment when a work is complete because I get to hear what others think about the piece. Hearing their thoughts and opinions can add to the art, enhance it or make it more meaningful. Someone’s suggestion, opinion or idea can even change the work entirely. I love making art because it is always an exchange of ideas and a way to communicate with the world around me.
Check out more of Courtney’s artwork here.
Perhaps this will inspire you to make some art of your own art or to seek out some new art in order to celebrate February 14th!